Thomas Nichols, Sr. PDF Print E-mail

Thomas Matthew Nichols, Sr., 83, of Prosperity, died Sunday, February 7, 2021, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on October 25, 1937, in Newberry, he was a son of the late Benjamin Cole and Nina Mae Waters Nichols. He had served in the S.C. National Guard and retired after 34 ½ years as a First Sergeant with the S.C. Highway Patrol. Mr. Nichols was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Boozer Nichols; a son, Thomas Matthew (Tina) Nichols, Jr. of Prosperity; a daughter, Elizabeth (Jonny) Thompson of Lexington and two granddaughters, Katie Thompson and Emmie Thompson. He was predeceased by brothers, Raeford Nichols and Bernard Nichols.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church Cemetery by the Rev. Jason Schafer. Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 4056 St. Luke's Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127.

Due to COVID 19 everyone is reminded of social distancing requirements and masks are encouraged.



#30 Barbara Mills Sprous 2021-02-11 19:50
Wilma and Family we were sorry to hear of Thomas’s death! We will be remembering all of you in our prayers! May God be with you as you go through this time. as well as the future! My Daddy (Dewitt) really thought well of you and Thomas. as well as all of your family! Sincerely. Stanley and Barbara Sprouse.
#29 Dwain Morris 2021-02-10 13:50
Wilma, Tommy & Elizabeth I am so sorry to hear of Thomas passing. He was a man to be admired for his service to all and will be missed.
#28 Martha Pugh 2021-02-10 09:37
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time in the loss of your love one. Thomas will truly be missed. Love to all Martha Pugh
#27 Billy Willis 2021-02-10 00:59
Tommy and Elizabeth, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
#26 Dorothy Livingston 2021-02-09 21:47
Wilma and family You have my deepest sympathy on the death of Thomas.I have known him since 1st grade. hHe was one of the sweetest guys I Knew.Prayers for the family
#25 Carole Murray 2021-02-09 20:32
Elizabeth, we are thinking of all of you and praying for some comfort for you too. I, along with so many others, thought so much of Mr. Thomas. And I'll always remember and treasure the laughs that we shared too! Big hugs for you, Mrs. Wilma, and Tommy. My mom and dad send their condolences as well! Love, Carole, Glenn, Chase and Will
#24 Jody and Missy Hamm 2021-02-09 16:48
Mr. Thomas was such a good man. We count it a treasure to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#23 Cumalander 2021-02-09 08:14
We are deeply sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Levi, Karen, April, Joshua, & Candace Cumalander
#22 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2021-02-09 05:20
“Miss” Wilma, Tommy, Elizabeth & Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Thomas was just a great guy. You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing others care,
Dan & Robbie
#21 Dianne Fowler RN 2021-02-08 21:21
I was honored to know this man, even for a few short hours. I pray you find peace and comfort in the coming days and may your memories sustain you.
#20 Kirby Amick 2021-02-08 19:59
I wanted to send my condolences. Even though I never met Mr. Nichols officially, I owe my life to him.

On the night of August 17th 1987, I was struck head on by a driver that went to sleep on highway 34 in Newberry SC. The accident left me severely injured and trapped without lights dead center of the Highway. Luckily, Mr Nichols was on patrol that night and was able to pull over the trucker who stopped within a few feet of the car I was trapped in. There is no doubt in my mind that if not for Mr. Nichols, that would have been the last day I ever saw at 19 yrs old. I'm sorry I never got the chance to thank him in person as I learned his identity later in life. He truly served his purpose and may God rest his soul.

Sincerely, Mr. Kirby Amick
#19 Brice & Alice Boozer 2021-02-08 19:54
Brice and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family. Mr. Tommy was well thought of in the community and by his many friends. May God bless each of you and give you strength in the days ahead.
#18 Myrtie Mallach 2021-02-08 19:24
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Thomas. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
#17 Sandra Boozer 2021-02-08 18:22
Thinking of you all and lifting prayers!
#16 Lanel C. Crawford 2021-02-08 17:37
My thoughts and prayers are with the family, during this time. Mr.Tommy was a wonderful man and with be missed dearly. Love, Lanel
#15 Danny Reighley 2021-02-08 17:00
Wilma, Tommy,Elizabeth & Family, I was sorry to hear about Thomas passing. Thomas and all of you were always really good neighbors to me and mama. Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers. Danny & Michele Reighley
#14 Cindy Zobel Farr 2021-02-08 16:51
On behalf of the Zobel Family, our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead.
#13 Mary Jo L. Piester 2021-02-08 15:13
We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Tommy’s passing..
Our most sincere condolences and prayers to all..
May the Lord give you all strength, courage, peace, and grace today and the days ahead during this most difficult time..
God Bless You All ~ William & Mary Jo L. Piester
#12 Billy& Edith Morris 2021-02-08 12:58
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Thomas. Mr. Ben & Mrs Nina Mae will be there to welcome him
All our thoughts and prayers

Billy & Edith Morris
#11 Jana and Jeff 2021-02-08 12:29
Tommy and Tina and family, We are sorry to hear of Mr Thomas’ death. Keeping you all in our prayers!! Jana and Jeff
#10 Debra Beard 2021-02-08 12:23
"Miss" Wilma, Tommy, Elizabeth and families,
It’s hard to lose someone as special as Thomas, a man who served the community with his duty to the badge and provided loving dedication to his family and friends. He meant so much to Daddy – and the rest of up – and I’ll never forget all the days that gray car spent in our front yard! Wishing your family comfort and strength and know we’re with you in spirit—now and in the days and weeks ahead. We’ll be praying for all of you.
Debra Killian Beard and family
#9 Edith Hite 2021-02-08 12:04
Wilma, I am so sorry to hear of Thomas's death. He was a good christian man and served our country faithfully. May God grant you peace and courage.
#8 Karen Steele 2021-02-08 12:00
Miss Wilma, Tommy, Tina, Elizabeth and family.
We are so very sorry to learn of Mr. Thomas passing. He was a fine man and will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rodger and Karen Steele
#7 Sherry Williams 2021-02-08 11:04
Tommy and family, My heart and prayers are with you all. God Bless.
#6 Lisa Lever 2021-02-08 09:42
Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. Mr. Tommy was a man I thought would live forever! I remember him parking his patrol car in our front yard to stop the speeders on our road! Thomas made me drive again after I had a wreck when I was 16 years old. the stories could go on and on! Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love you all!
Lisa Killian Lever and family
#5 Sylvia Moore 2021-02-08 09:40
I am so sorry for your loss! You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!
#4 Becky Wicker 2021-02-08 09:06
Tommy, Tina and sincere condolences are sent to you. Praying God will give you strength and peace. RIP Mr Thomas.
#3 Sheriff Lee Foster 2021-02-08 08:52
Mere words cannot describe the honor that I contribute to this man of service. Thomas served our community so well through military and law enforcement, which is no greater calling. He mentored so many, including myself, and provided a son to service. This is a legacy that cannot be replaced. I wish my condition would allow me to pay my respects in person, but know that I am there with you in spirit and soul. Our family issues you our tributes and our prayers. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#2 Lydia L Merchant 2021-02-07 18:12
"Miss Wilma, Tommy, Tina, Elizabeth, and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Thomas was a good man and will be missed. Remember all of the wonderful memories that were made. Lydia & David Merchant, Phillip & Kendall Trotter, Ingrid, Justin, & Andrew Cassada
#1 Russell Dean rowe 2021-02-07 17:29
Mrs Wilma, Tommy and Elizabeth I want to send our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family during this time. Mr Thomas will truly be missed