• "What a blessing it was to know not only Cy, but Ruby..."
    - Sarah Petty
  • "To My Dearest Family, Some things I'd like to say... but..."
    - James & Celeste Mabe
  • "I did not hear about Cy's death until this week when I went..."
  • "God Bless the Nicholson Family in their time of need."
    - Lloyd Perkins
  • "Rest in peace daddy, you will be missed"

NICHOLSON, Cyrus John, 94, passed away at Highlands Regional Medical Center on July 16, 2014. He was born November 6, 1919 in Waukegan, Illinois. His parents moved the family to Miami Beach in 1924 in search of a magical place to raise their family. Cy had an adventurous childhood, growing up on the beach. He graduated from Miami Beach Sr. High in 1937 where he was on the football, basketball, baseball and track teams, and was senior class president. After graduation, he briefly enrolled in the University of Florida and then joined the Army where he was awarded the Soldier's Medal for Heroism. After four years he re-enrolled in UF and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in entomology. He met and married his late wife Ruby Hoyt in 1950. In 1962, Cy landed a job in Sebring, Ruby's home town, as the State of Florida entomologist for the Dept. of Agriculture animal division, where he worked until retirement. Cy was an active member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, was an Elder Emeritus and taught Sunday school for many years, served on the board, men's group and did handyman work. During retirement he and Ruby traveled across country and also visited family in Germany. He volunteered at the Sebring Public Library for many years because of his love of reading and libraries. He enjoyed his hobbies of wood working and maintaining his yard, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered for helping others and for his sense of humor. Cy was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruby, of 62 years and is survived by son, John Nicholson (Terri), Avon Park; daughter, Barbara Hood (Fred), Gainesville; and grandchildren, Jason Nicholson (Debbie), Clermont; Armon Nicholson, Severn, Maryland; Jaclyn Hood, Gainesville; Renee Hood, Baltimore, Maryland; and Kaylene Millard (Brandon), New York City. If you would like to make a memorial contribution, it can be made to the First Christian Church, 510 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL 33870 or the Sebring Public Library, 319 W. Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 26, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church, officiated by Pastor Ron Norton. The family will greet friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Con-dolences may be expressed at Arrangements are under the care of

Published in the Tampa Bay Times from July 22 to July 23, 2014