January 12, 1921 - June 17, 2013
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at ARIA Memorial Chapel in Dallas with Jerry Witham officiating. Also, a Memorial Eucharist Service honoring the life of Herman Earl Nichols, Jr., age 92, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 21, 2013 at St. Marks Episcopal Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dean Alston Johnson will be the celebrant.
Herman died Monday, June 17, 2013 in Frisco, Texas.
Herman was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma on January 12, 1921. He attended Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma on a football scholarship. In the spring of 1941 he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force. Because he had 1 ½ years of college he was accepted into Officer’s Training School at Valley Forge Military School, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. He graduated as First Lieutenant and was stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas as an instructor for the B-17 Flying Fortress Bombardier School Training. After serving 2 years, he was reassigned to Ft. Myers Florida to train the “Doolittle Crews” in long range flying as they prepared to bomb the Japanese mainland from Air Craft Carriers in the South Pacific. These crews were training for dropping the Big Bomb but it was then held as Top Secret. After World War II ended and an Honorable Discharge, Captain Nichols returned to Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman on the G I Bill graduating in 1948 with an engineering degree. Upon graduation, Nick was employed by Gulf Oil Company and worked with their exploration division in Oklahoma and Texas. In 1953, Nick was employed by Producers Oil Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He and his family remained in Tulsa until 1970. Following residences in Little Rock, Arkansas, Texarkana, Arkansas and Shreveport, Louisiana, his final residence was in Frisco, Texas.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents Cora Smith Nichols and Herman Earl Nichols of Ardmore, Oklahoma and his brother Bill Nichols of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Nick is survived by his wife of 71 years, Cherry Chisholm Nichols of Frisco, Texas; their daughter and her husband, Diane and Don Muse of The Colony, Texas; their son and his wife, Robert (Bobby) and Pam Nichols of Shreveport; Five Grandchildren and spouses who knew him as Pop Pop; Darcey and Kevin Pavlick, Brad and Michaelann Nichols of Shreveport; Jennifer and Morris Rivard of Ventura, California; Mandy and Clayton Main and Christine and Robbie Youdale of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by 10 Great Grandchildren, Nicholas, Robert, Katelyn and Mason Pavlick; Leia and Olivia Rivard; Tyler and Mary-Allen Nichols; Brooks and Ryder Main. Herman is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jean Nichols of Shreveport, LA along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Marks Episcopal Cathedral, 908 Rutherford, Shreveport, LA 71104 or The Folds of Honor Foundation, 5800 N. Patriot Dr., Owasso, OK 74055 (www.foldsofhonor.org) a scholarship program for children of soldiers killed or disabled while serving our country.
Arrangements are under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252, 214-306-6700.
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