Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


March 31, 2014

Thirl Nichols


03/31/14 — Thirl Nichols, 80, of Tick Ridge Fork, Olive Hill, passed away Friday evening, March 28, 2014, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 21, 1933, in Carter County, a son of the late Walter and Josie Mabry Nichols.

Thirl was a member of the Haldeman Church of God and retired from General Refractories. He was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed working in his garden and being outdoors. Thirl loved coon hunting, breaking horses and mules and providing entertainment for his family and friends singing religious and bluegrass songs and yodeling.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Harlis Nichols; five sisters, Firl Holbrook, Virgie Nichols, Sally Gearhart, Detta Davis and Marie Sparks; and a son-in-law, Jackie James.

Thirl is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Doris Goodman Nichols; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Randell and Garnet Nichols of Olive Hill, Darryl Nichols of Ashland, Stanley and Carla Nichols of Olive Hill and Stacy Nichols of Grayson; three daughters and a son-in-law, Sue James of Olive Hill, Marlene and Terry Reynolds of Olive Hill and Tawana Nichols of Grayson; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three sisters and a brother-in-law, Molly and Glen Brown of Hoxie, Kan., Opal Williams of Olive Hill and Madge Holbrook of Olive Hill. He also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss him.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Globe Funeral Chapel in Olive Hill with Brother Dewayne Johnson and Brother Don Rivers officiating. Burial will follow in the Tick Ridge Cemetery in Olive Hill.

Friends may visit from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, and until the service hour Tuesday at Globe Funeral Chapel, 17277 West US Highway 60, Olive Hill, KY 41164.

Thirl’s sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric DeBord and Alex Kiser.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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