Charles Dean Nichols Sr.

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LAURINBURG — Charles Dean Nichols, Sr. 85, passed away on May 22, 2016 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Laurinburg, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Wike and the Rev. Dr. L.D. Kimrey. Burial will be private.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Faye Rorie Nichols, his sons Dean Nichols (Candy), Ken Nichols (Carol), and Phil Nichols all of Laurinburg, sister O'Nell Young of Hartsville, South Carolina, grandchildren Charles Nichols (Melanie) and Erin, Amanda and Emma Nichols, and great-grandchildren Hudson and Harper Nichols.

Born March 10, 1931 in Union, South Carolina, he was a son of the late William Oscar Nichols and Janie Jolly Nichols. He was also preceded in death by his grandson Joseph Nichols, brother Ralph Nichols, and sister Louise Nichols.

Charlie, as he was known to his family and friends — or "Daddy Nic" to his grandkids, who he adored — was a devoted family and business man, faithful member of the First Baptist Church and a United States Marine Corps veteran.

Charlie never stopped working and could be seen driving around town checking on the stores on any given day. His attention to detail, dedicated customer service and strong work ethic led to a lifelong of entrepreneurial success in the service station and convenience store business.

He opened his first service station, "Nichols Esso," on Church Street in 1953. He moved to South Main Street and opened the "Nichols Auto Mart" in 1963. In 1971, he started the "Nic's Pic Kwik" chain in Laurinburg and surrounding cities. Charlie was extremely appreciative of everyone who supported him and helped him build his businesses throughout the years. In doing so he maintained a loyal employee and customer following.

Charlie had a deep love for horses, which inspired him to help establish a horseback riding program for handicapped students at St. Andrews and to lead a fundraising effort to build the first horse barn at St. Andrews.

He had a giving heart and his love spread throughout the community. He was a charter member of Laurinburg Optimist, supported numerous local organizations and charities, and was always willing to assist — he never met a stranger.

He was loved and adored by his family and friends, he will be missed.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 883, Laurinburg, NC 28353 or Scotland Regional Hospice, PO Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on May 24 at the McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium.

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McDougald Funeral Home & Crematorium
305 East Church Street
Laurinburg, NC 28353
(910) 276-2200
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Published in Laurinburg Exchange from May 23 to May 24, 2016
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