July 4, 1955-March 7, 2020

Jerald Fenton “Paw” Nichols, 64, of Sulphur fought a good fight right up until the end. He passed away at 9:23 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020, in a local hospital. Mr. Nichols was born July 4, 1955, in El Paso, Texas.

He was raised in Vowells Mill, graduated from Provencal High School and moved to Sulphur in 1975, where he has resided since.  He worked as a welder at various fabrication shops in the area.  “Paw”, as he was known by most, will be remembered as a hard-working, honorable man that was loved by all who met him.

He enjoyed playing the guitar and was with several bands throughout his years and later played for Livingway Pentecostal Church.  A true musician at heart, he loved to share his talents with his grandchildren, whom were the love of his life.  He was a member of Livingway Pentecostal Church, where he would always pass out candy to the children and everyone around him. “Paw” also had a great love for his dogs and will be missed.

Mr. Nichols is survived by his daughter, Kristi Hanks and husband Randy of Bell City; mother, Evon Nichols of Vowells Mill; brothers, James Nichols of Woodville, Texas, and Ralph Nichols and wife Sherry of Jasper, Texas; his beloved grandchildren, Bailey, Jaxon, and Grifin Hanks; Kristi’s mom, Charlotte Newman; and Randy’s mom, Pat Hanks, both of Sulphur and whom he was very close to.  He also leaves behind his Livingway family along with Bro. and Sister Nugent and Bro. and Sister Keating, whom he adored.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fenton Nichols; sister, Karen Nichols Prince; and sister-in-law, Patsy Nichols.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12 at Livingway Pentecostal Church.  The Rev. Brent Keating will officiate.  A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bellwood Cemetery in Bellwood.  Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Pallbearers will be Jason Nichols, Holt Nichols, Sawyer Nichols, Niles Nichols, Noah Nichols, Ayden Nichols and Grifin Hanks.

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