John Arthur Nichols, Jr

August 1, 1927 - March 11, 2002

08/01/1927 - 03/11/2002

Past Services

Monday March 11, 2002
Private at a later date


John Arthur "Nick" Nichols, Jr., 74, of Norfolk died on Monday, March 11, 2002.

Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to the late John Arthur Nichols, Sr. and Gertrude Nichols, he was a retired field service engineer for RCA Service Co. and was an Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post 327.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruth R. Nichols; two children, Karen Bartee Ellis and her husband, Tony of Virginia Beach and Frank A. Nichols and his wife, Melani of Powhatan, Virginia; four grandchildren, Jennifer Walton of Scottsdale, Arizona, Lucas Bartee of Virginia Beach, Sumner Nichols of Powhatan, Virginia and Samantha Nichols of Newport News, Virginia; a niece, Barbara Smawley, a nephew, Joe Barco, and his "Das Sug". He was predeceased by a son, William G. Nichols.

Services will be private.

The family will be at the daughter’s home.

Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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Bobbie J. Cross
8 years ago

Dear Ruth and Family: I just wanted

all to know how sorry we are to hear

of John’s death. I worked with him

for over 18 years at RCA Service Company. He was alway a very caring person and it was a honor to know him. He will be greatly missed. Bobbie Jean

Jennifer Walton
8 years ago

Grandaddy was always one of the strongest men I’ve ever known. He was “The Avenger” to me and I’ll always remember being a little girl and sitting on his lap while listening to his crazy stories. I have wonderful memories of him – our trips to K-mart, watching the Incredible Hulk, “Git-al-up and a booooogie”, “Momma and Daddy gone be right back”, and he always let me eat olives and drink chocolate milk without telling me how disgusting it really was. I will never forget him and his wonderful sense of humor. His brillance and strength will be missed by us all. We love you, Grandaddy.

Doug & connie Milligan
8 years ago

Just wanted to let you know how sorry we are about your loss and to send you all our deepest heart felt sympathies. We wish you all the very best as you carry on your lives keeping his memory ever close to your hearts. God Bless you all

Kelly Miller
8 years ago

Many years ago I joined the Nichols family. Together we’ve been through so much. Throughout the years our love and friendship have remained loyal. I will miss Nick here on Earth, however it warms my heart to know he is at peace in heaven and reunited with his son and my dear friend Billy. Until we are together again, I know he will continue to watch over all of those who had the honor of knowing and loving him from heaven as he did here on Earth.

Melani & Sumner Nichols
8 years ago

Nick was a good father-in-law and grandfather, though we didn’t get to see him that much. He could always argue with you on just about any subject. He was one of the smartest men I ever knew. We will miss him greatly.

Luann Burns
8 years ago

Nick’s daughter, Karen, is one of the dearest friends I’ve ever had – more like a sister. Nick was always laughing & making everyone else laugh with his wisecracks & quick wit. It was apparent that he was highly intelligent. What stands out in my mind is the loving comment he once made about his wife, Ruth, at how beautiful she always was & how she was still such a beautiful woman. When he said that, there was something in his eyes that touched me in a special way.

Barry & Cathy Bartee
8 years ago

We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the family. Nick was a hard working, self made man that we all are proud to have known. He will be missed by many of us left behind. He would have wanted it this way.