Today, Sunday December 19 at 1 pm, a Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held for William C. “Nick” Nichols at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.
“Nick” Nichols was born in Boomer, West Virginia and passed away April 20, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oakie and Ella Mae Nichols, his daughter, Susan Nichols, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.
Nick is survived by his wife, Linda Goodwin Nichols, his son: William Carl Nichols Jr.; his daughters: Jodi (John), Sue (Joseph), Kim (Duane), Carolee (David, Wendy (Dominique, Yvonne (Nathan); his brother: Donald (Anna); his sisters: Janice (David) and Helen; 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
This has been a great blended family for over 3 decades, who have enjoyed many, many fun times and have a lifetime of wonderful memories. Nick was always a very big part of this family, was loved and is missed everyday by all. There has not been a family or social gathering since he passed that Nick stories have not been shared.
In the most recent years, Nick was Broker of Goodwin Realty, and spent many years as an active member of the Osceola County Association of Realtors. Nick was an Emeritus Member who began his career as a REALTOR in 1978 in New Smyrna Beach.
In the local Realtor Organization in 1995 he was recognized as Realtor of the year, in 1997 he served as President of the Association. Twenty years later, Nick was honored with the Association’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. He taught orientation to new members of the Association for over 2 decades every month, and lead marketing meetings weekly for many years. One of the original founders of the Regional Multiple Listing Service, then known as My Florida Regional MLS. Nick was also one of the original members of the Osceola Toastmasters Club. For years, Nick served on the State Committee of Realtors and Attorney’s that made changes to the Real Estate Contracts. When the Realtors new building was dedicated, there is a Members Lounge in his honor…with this written on the wall “”A man of honor who never met a stranger, everyone was a friend””. While he made significant contributions to the local Association and the real estate industry, Nick will be remembered for a kind heart, great sense of humor, dedication to his family and love of the community.
During his years in New Smyrna, he owned and operated Nichols Real Estate, was Past President of Board of Realtors, and Realtor of the Year, Founding member of the Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department, Coached Little League Baseball and Softball. He was extremely active over the years with FFA as a Lifetime member of Florida and National Alumni associations, FFA Foundation Board, Leadership Training sponsor, Honorary State FFA Degree Recipient, he was a true friend of FFA.
Prior to New Smyrna, Nick was manager of Food Fair Pantry Pride Grocery store in Jacksonville, Daytona, Merritt Island, New Smyrna Beach and Titusville. He served as Sergeant in the West Virginia National Guard and was a Welter Weight Golden Gloves Boxer.
As you can See Nick had a very full wonderful life and was loved by everyone he met.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the: EDUCATION FOUNDATION – WILLIAM C. “”NICK”” NICHOLS SCHOLARSHIP, 2310 NEW BEGININGS ROAD #18, KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA 34744.
SOURCE: William C. “Nick” Nichols Obituary