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Billy Frank “Nick” Nicholas, 85, died December 17, 2021, in Oxford, Mississippi, surrounded by his loving family. Through God’s Amazing Grace he celebrated the day by joining family and friends in Heaven. The service will be held at Waller Funeral Home on Monday, December 20, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Roger Howell and Dr. Robert Allen officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at 1:00 p.m. in West Hall. A family burial will follow at Browning Cemetery in Taylor, Mississippi.
Nick was born July 30, 1936, to Martha Annis Tatum Nicholas and Willie Roy Nicholas in Taylor, Mississippi. He graduated from University High School and the University of Mississippi earning Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geological engineering.
At Ole Miss he met Roberta Hunter (Bobbi) Davis and they married in 1958. They moved to Muncie, Indiana, where Nick started his career with Central Indiana Gas developing underground natural gas reservoirs. Shortly after moving to Muncie, Ball State University inaugurated a new chancellor and Nick was asked to represent the University of Mississippi at the inauguration.
Nick joined the rest of Indiana in their love for high school basketball. He fondly remembers that Muncie Central won nine state titles, but in 1954 lost the state championship to Milan in the most famous game in the history of high school basketball and depicted in the movie, “Hoosiers.” He renewed his love of the sport watching his grandson, Ryan, play varsity basketball at Oxford High School.
Nick served in the Mississippi National Guard and Indiana Army Reserve from 1954 to 1962. He returned to Oxford in 1970, and began a career in manufacturing with Chambers Corporation, later to become Whirlpool Corporation. He retired from Whirlpool in 2001.
At the age of 40, he developed a love for tennis and played until shortly before his death. Many of his most cherished friendships were made on the tennis court. Nick devoted many hours to cheering on his granddaughter, Anne, at her soccer games. His granddaughter, Megan, often sang at his church when she visited, which he dearly loved.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved sister, Martha Faye Nicholas Farris, and her husband, Hardy Farris, Jr.
He is survived by his wife Bernice Hilton Nicholas; his daughter, Lynda Lee Nicholas Anderson, and her husband, Jimmy R. Anderson; his son, William Paul Nicholas, and his wife, Susan Anderson Nicholas. His greatest happiness was three grandchildren: Megan Anderson Dollahite and her husband Beau Maddison Dollahite, William Ryan Nicholas and his wife, Sarah Davis Nicholas, and Anne Hunter Nicholas Cantrell and her husband, Mark Lee Cantrell, Jr., and he had the joy of knowing a great-granddaughter, Caroline Anne Cantrell; He is survived by his brother Glen Buren Nicholas and his wife, Norma Dickson Nicholas; sister, Francis Joanne Nicholas Johnson, and her husband, James Ronald Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
Nick is also survived by his stepchildren, Billy Page, Jr. and his wife, Robin, Kendall Page, John Page and his husband, William, Joel Page and his wife, Jennifer, Heather Page Calhoon and her husband, Steve Calhoon; and six step-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Nick’s honor can be made to Adonai Church, 44457 County Road 315, Water Valley, MS 38965.
Monday, December 20, 2021 1:00PM – 2:00PM
West Hall at Waller Funeral Home
419 Hwy 6 West
Oxford, MS 38655
Monday, December 20, 2021 2:00PM – 12:00AM
Waller Funeral Home & Cremation Services
419 Highway 6 West P.O. Box 1200
Oxford, MS 38655