09/03/13 — Garl Edwin Nichols, 69, husband of Barbara Hogan Nichols, died Monday morning at Duke University Hospital.
Mr. Nichols was born in Olive Hill. He was educated in the Olive Hill schools and from high school enrolled in the United States Air Force. He spent 20 years serving with the USAF, and upon retiring, embarked on a new career as a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff Department. After 20 more years of service, Garl retired a second time. He was a member of Orange United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. He would have celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in December.
In addition to his wife Barbara, Garl is survived by his sons, James Edwin Nichols and his wife Connie and Glen Hogan Nichols, all of Chapel Hill, N.C.; sister, Diane Nichols Beane of Olive Hill; grandchildren, Trey Ryan Nichols and his wife Savannah, Chelsey Abigail Nichols and Tyler Clay Nichols, who were the love of his life; several aunts and uncles; and his nephew, Brian.
Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Nichols; mother, Stella Carrol Nichols; and numerous aunts and uncles.
A graveside memorial service with full military honors will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Officiating will be the Rev. Ned Thorpe and the Rev. Ken Hall Jr.
The family will greet friends and visitors immediately following the service. Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be directed to Orange United Methodist Church, 1220 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516.
The Nichols family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.