Alfred Caldwell Nichols, age 89, of East High Street, Springfield, passed away at 3:05 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Spring View Hospital in Lebanon.
A native of Washington County, he was born July 16, 1923 to the late Alfred C. Nichols Sr. and Estella Lynch McElroy.
He was a member of the Johnson Chapel AME Zion Church, a graduate of Rosenwald High School in Lebanon, attended the University of Louisville and the West Kentucky Vocational School. He was an Army
veteran of World War II
having spent three years in Europe, Belgium, Germany, England and France. He served as an election officer in Washington County for several years. He retired from the U.S. Naval Ordnance of Louisville in 1980 after 30 years of service. For 20 years he served as the Selective Service representative of Washington County. He served on the Springfield Planning Commission. Mr. Nichols received the Palmer Peterson Memorial Award, the highest award of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District for his outstanding leadership, cooperation and dedication of service. He served on the Lincoln Trail board for 21 years.
Preceding him in death was a grandson, LaBryant Poole on Dec. 29, 1988.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Hazel Coleman Nichols; three sons, William Spalding of Winston Salem, N.C., Sammie Nichols and his wife, Betty and Danny Nichols and his wife, Carolyn, all of Louisville; a daughter, Tommie Poole of Springfield; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and his caregivers, Shawna Trigg and Heather Walker.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 (today) at the Johnson Chapel AME Zion Church with Rev. Y. Michelle Washington, the church pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Lebanon National Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.
Serving as pallbearers will be LaBrent Poole, LaBronze Poole, Australia Poole, William Montgomery, Wathen Montgomery Jr. and Henry Keene.
Carey & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.