Charlie Derrell Nichols, 74, of Stonewall went to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Charlie was born March 7, 1942, in Meridian, Texas, to Otis Earl Jack Nichols and Nellie Elizabeth Paulson Nichols.
He graduated from Meridian High School in 1960, where he was active in athletics playing football, basketball, baseball and running track. After graduation, Charlie joined the Texas National Guard and served for nine years.
On Sept. 28, 1961, Charlie met the love of his life, Bobbie Rae Morris, when he followed her school bus as it passed through the Meridian town square after a football game. In the summer of 1962, Bobbie moved to Valliant with her family and Charlie faithfully made the trip every weekend to see her. The couple married two weeks after her high school graduation on June 15, 1963, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Charlie worked in the lumber business and the oilfield for many years. His job as a woodworking supervisor at Clopay brought Charlie and his family from Valliant to Stonewall, where he resided until he passed. He retired in 2007.
Charlie had two daughters, Melanie Kay and Charla Michelle, who he loved unconditionally. He loved to surprise them and often took them to the Mesquite Rodeo or to see his favorite baseball team, the Texas Rangers.
Charlie also had six grandchildren. He followed them all over the state watching them in their sporting events and their 4-H and FFA activities. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed cheering on the Cowboys. He loved to tailgate and was proud to be an OSU Papa.
Charlie was an active member of First Baptist Church of Stonewall. He enjoyed hosting Sunday School Class parties and church socials.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Nellie.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bobbie; two daughters, Melanie Gollihare and her husband, Todd, of Kellyville, and Charla King and her husband, Jonathan, of Konawa; six grandchildren, Brette Gollihare of Norman, Bailey Stacy and her husband, EzraJames, of Enid; Brenna Gollihare of Stillwater, Kellan King, Kayden King and Kylar King of Konawa; two sisters, Ruth Ermis of Fort Worth, Texas, and Joyce Swank of Waco, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Stonewall First Baptist Church. The Rev. Richard Dickerson will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Meridian Cemetery in Meridian, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Bearers will be Dan Olson, Stephen Swank, Paul Swank, John Tapley, Gabriel Daves, and Shannon Daves. Honorary bearers are Ricky Olson, Freddie Olson, Andy Anderson and the mens Sunday School Class at Stonewall First Baptist Church.
Published on February 6, 2017