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Charles Nichols



Visitation with the Family:
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. on February 15, 2016
Olive Branch Church, 1115 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro, TN

Memorial Service:
3:00 p.m. on February 15, 2016
Olive Branch Church, 1115 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro, TN

Charles Nolen Nichols Jr. exchanged this life for eternity Tuesday, February 9, 2016 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was born on April 18, 1942, in Nashville, Tennessee to the union of Elaine Allen and the late Charles Nolen Nichols, Sr.

Charles "Sonny" professed his faith at St. Luke C.M.E. Church. He was a graduate of the Fisk University Early Education Program, Pearl Elementary, Washington Jr. High and Pearl Senior High School. He attended Tennessee State University for a semester and then enlisted in the United States Navy for four years. After his naval career, he returned to Athens, Alabama and then enrolled and later graduated from Alabama
Agriculture and Mechanical University of Huntsville, Alabama with Bachelors of Science Industrial Engineering degree.

Charles possessed a lot of curiosity and thus expanded his horizon. His many activities included his 1960 teenage membership in the Youth NAACP, and a contribution in the Men of Faith 100 Men March.

Often goals were set around businesses. Charles was one of four founders of the People's Funeral Home of Athens, Alabama. He worked closely in the Elk E. A. Davis Lodge. He was the owner of Royal Liquors in
Memorial Village Shopping Center and the University Street Arcade.

In his retirement, he became a member of the 13th United States Colored Troop Reenactment Group of the Civil War. This Murfreesboro, Tennessee group strengthened his love of Black History.

From his early years, music and photography was his passion. If you saw Charles, music was sure to resound. His first brownie camera captured
nature scenes and horses. Family and community events would be a high priority. His love for music and photography continued throughout his life. In his young adult years, he also had passion for the arts and
poetry. He was elated when he was able to meet his favorite poet, Nikki Giovanni.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Howard Nichols.

He leaves to cherish lovely memories his mother, Elaine Allen Nichols; sister, Sheilla Nichols Odewumi of Minneapolis, Minnesota; daughter, Carla Renee Nichols (Gemmie Allen Smith Jr.); granddaughter, Ruby
Grace Smith of Mebane, North Carolina; daughter, Sontoya Tiana of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; close friends, Sonja Brown and McKinley Tuckson; a host of other relatives and friends.

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

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314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371