Thomas Alan “Tom” Nichols passed away peacefully on May 12th, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 15th, 1946, in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Tom is survived by his wife of forty years Mary Kent Nichols, his daughter Heather Brown (Brandon), his sister Ann Richardson, his sister-in-law Glenna Nichols, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter Jennifer Kent Nichols, his parents Guy Edwin and Winona Adelaide Nichols, and his brother Dr. Carl Edwin Nichols.
Tom was a graduate of Glenville State College in 1968 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies and Physical Education. While there he was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. He received his Master’s Degree in Vocational Technical Education from Marshall University in 1976. Tom taught Social Studies at Williamstown High School in West Virginia for ten years. During that time, he coached the football, basketball, and golf teams. His love of Myrtle Beach led him to move here in 1978. He began his real estate career which led him to DeBordieu Colony Real Estate, now known as Peace Sotheby’s, where he worked for thirty-three years. He always had a positive attitude, a great work ethic, and many repeat clients who became friends. Tom was a past member of CCAR and the Myrtle Beach Jaycees. His love of sports led him to be very involved with the Myrtle Beach High School Booster Club for many years. Tom loved playing golf, the beach, and spending time with his friends and family. A devout Christian for over forty years, who shared his servant’s heart with all he encountered. He was a kind, loving husband and father who will be greatly missed.
A special thank you to Tom’s “brothers” Jim Frazier and Nolan Hays, caregiver Latoya Garrett, and to Crescent Hospice nurse Devon Owens.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2pm on Wednesday May 17th, 2023, at McMillan Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach with Jennifer Donkle officiating. Visitation will take place prior to the service beginning at 12:30pm. A private burial for family will follow at Ocean Woods Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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