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NICHOL, Ridley RIDLEY THOM NICHOL Born 04-11-26 - Died 07-12-14 Ridley Nichol, a well-known member of the Atlanta real estate community died in his Brookhaven home, surrounded by family and loving caregivers. He attended R L Hope Elementary School and North Fulton High School. Ridley attended Virginia Military Institute until 1944 when he and others went into the US Army. He was sent to Europe shortly following the armistice and participated in the winding down of military activities as Provost Marshall in Kempten, Germany. Never far from his pursuit of music, Ridley purchased a fine fiddle there which he affectionately named "Joe Bob". Ridley was discharged from the Army in 1946, and graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1948, but always considered himself as a member of the VMI class of 1947. He later graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Government Affairs. He was a city manager in Mooresville, North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia before returning home to Georgia where he was the city manager of College Park. There he met Scott Hudgens and joined him as President of Scott Hudgens Realty and Mortgage. Ridley is survived by his wife of 41 years, Margaret Elrod Nichol: daughters Elizabeth Puckett (Doug) Becky Mixon (Bill) and Cary Noyes (Bud); sons Bradford Nichol (Millie), and Rick Chambers (Ann); grandchildren Joshua Nichol (Bree), Katherine Box (Chris), John Puckett, Billy Mixon, Brittany M. Hart (Karl), Allison Noyes, Morgan Noyes; and four great grandchildren, four nephews, Geoffrey Nolan, Mike Nolan, Steve Nolan and Matt Nolan. He was predeceased by his parents C.L.R. Nichol and Lois Thom Nichol, sister, Judy Nichol Nolan and son C.L. Ridley Nichol II. Ridley was a member of the Greatest Generation who returned to Atlanta and helped her grow into the international city that she is today. He enjoyed great times with a large circle of friends often entertaining at his home in Brookhaven. He was an avid supporter of VMI and recruited a number of students from the Atlanta area. He continued his pursuit of music with amateur groups like the "Huffin Puffs", and later as the fiddle player in a bluegrass band in Dahlonega. A developer and financier of note, his last business card identifies him as "Ridley T Nichol, Fiddle Player". He was a lifetime member of the Capital City Club. The family would like to thank his long time caregiver Vanessa Boyle and the other caregivers Quentin Boyle, Beverly Williams and Keith Jeter. Graveside services at Arlington Memorial Park, Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, at eleven o'clock. A reception will immediately follow the service at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, NE, Sandy Springs. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Virginia Military Institute Foundation, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, Virginia 24450 or the , Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Georgia 30346


Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 14, 2014
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