Patsy R. Nuckols
1930 - 2014
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Nuckols, Patsy R. 12/09/1930 ~ 11/26/2014 SCRIPPS RANCH -- Patsy R. "Gresham" Nuckols was a talented musician and innovator on the Hammond Organ with her distinctive boogie-woogie style. Pat was the featured organist at the Cotton Patch on Midway Drive and the Brown Derby restaurant on Vine Street in Hollywood. All of Hollywood movie greats came to listen this beautiful girl play. Pat was in the movie, Story on Page One and provided the music to the Del Mar Horse Shows. Pat attended San Dieguito High School '49 and received a Theater degree at Oceanside/ Carlsbad/Mira Costa JC. Pat was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Gresham; father, Marshall Gresham, and brother, Marshall Gresham "Bud," and her husband, Marine Major William "Bill" Nuckols. Pat is survived by two step-children, and four nieces and nephews.


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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 7, 2014.
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December 16, 2014
It was my pleasure to see Mrs. Nuckols every 3 mos for her dental cleaning appointments. I knew her for 8 years and each visit we grew closer. She shared so much of her life with me, but she was always eager to hear about what was new with me. She was sweet and compassionate and really enjoyed life and her family. I will truly miss this lovely woman. She will always hold a special place in my heart. I know that the wonderful memories her family has will help them through this difficult time. I know she is rejoicing at once again being with her beloved husband.
With Heartfelt Sympathy and love,
Melissa Fuller and family
Melissa Fuller
December 12, 2014
Pat was my teacher, my mentor and my friend. I am so sorry for her loss. She will be missed. Condolences to her family. Evelyn Rogers
Evelyn Rogers
December 9, 2014
Pat in her home office - 2012
Dan Chusid
December 8, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
M Norris
December 8, 2014
Patsy R "Gresham" Nuckols of Scripps Ranch was a entertainer to entertainers. In the 1950s, this talented musician was an innovator on the newly popular Hammond Organ with its Leslie speakers. She played popular songs of the day, with her distinctive boogie-woogie style blues. She was featured organist at the Cotton Patch on Midway Dr. in San Diego.

In 1953, Mr. Cobb (inventor of the Cobb Salad) asked her to come play at the famous Brown Derby restaurant on Vine St in Hollywood, where a Wurlitzer Organ had been installed. 23 years old Pat, declined the invitation insisting she only play her Hammond Organ. Mr. Cobb finally called and agreed to the young girl's terms, adding that no one ever argued with him – and won. All of Hollywood movie greats came to hear this beautiful girl play.

She was in the movie, Story on Page One, playing the organ was the music behind the scenes of the Del Mar Horse Shows.

Pat attended San Dieguito High School (1938) and received a Theater degree at Mira Costa Community College.

Her briefly was married to Bill Macintosh of Hollywood. She moved to Scripps Ranch late 1970s and married Retired Marine Corps Major William "Bill" Nuckols in 1992.


Pat also sold organs and gave lessons in Mission Valley Mall.

Pat is preceded in death by her mother: Virginia Ruth Brisco Gresham, father: Marshall DeHaven Gresham, and brother: Marshall Edward Gresham "Bud,” her husband: Bill Nuckols and Bill's son, Chuck, and her beloved dog Rocky.

Pat is survived by two step-children, Nancy Nuckols Jolley of Orem, UT, William Nuckols Jr. of Desert Hot Springs, CA, and four nieces and nephews; Charlotte, Bruce, John, and Richard Gresham, and her cousin, Pat Briscoe Kellogg of Madison, WI.

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December 7, 2014
The Hammond Organ with Leslie Speakers
Bruce Gresham
December 7, 2014
Bruce Gresham
December 7, 2014
She loved being surrounded by Weidners Nursery's Begonia's in her yard. Only the Fresh ones straight from the Nursery, she would say.
Charlotte Gresham
December 7, 2014
We found this. Personally signed to Pat from Elvis. Wow
Charlotte Gresham
December 7, 2014
She entertained many Movie Stars at this Famous Resturant
Charlotte Gresham
December 7, 2014
Aunt Pat Loved Her Dog Rocky
Charlotte Gresham
December 7, 2014
Charlotte Gresham
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