Sept 19, 1928 - Nov 14, 2013 MIDWEST CITY William Edward Nichols, of Midwest City, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, November 14, 2013. William, or Bill, was born September 19, 1928, to Albert & Mildred (Robinson) Nichols in Bristow, OK. He was the youngest of four, having three older sisters. He graduated from Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City. Bill first joined the Army in 1946 during World War II. He made it to Fort Benning, GA before the war ended and he returned home. It was then that he met, fell in love and married the woman who would be his wife of 61 years, Lillie C Azlin, in the summer of 1952. They made their home in Midwest City and raised two children, Lynne and Dal. Bill returned to the service of his country in the fall of 1950 to serve during the Korean War. At the end of the war, he changed branches to the National Guard. He spent 34 years of his life in dedicated military service and retired in May of 1988 as a Sergeant Major at the Oklahoma National Guard Headquarters. Bill spent his 85 years dedicated to his family and his country. He spent over 30 years of his life coaching his kids and grandkids in an array of sports. After he stopped coaching, he never stopped attending games and events and cheering the kids to victory. He is survived by his loving wife, Lillie Nichols; and his two children: Lynne and David Moss, of Harrah, OK; and Dal and Sonya Nichols, of Midwest City, OK; 13 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Dorotha Reeser, Mary Ella Vanderberg, and Elizabeth Higginbothom. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 18, 2013, at Ford Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Arlington Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Sunday, November 17 at Ford Funeral Service, 2-4 p.m., and viewing will be open until 8 p.m.
Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 17, 2013