Fred Nichols (Sign Guestbook)

Fred Nichols, age 76, went peacefully into the arms of the Lord with his daughters holding his hands, in the early morning hours of November 5, 2019. He was born in Knoxville, TN on June 27,1943.

Fred was preceded in death by father: Fred Sr., mother; Jean Jollay, brother, Doug “Duddie”; special and favorite Aunt Myrtle Lowe: His best friend-mother of his 3 daughters, Sandy Chapman Nichols.

He leaves to cherish his memories – daughter Laurie and fiancé Keith Brown; special daughter Susan; daughter Allison and husband Jason Chambers, grandson Austin Boggs, granddaughters Kinsley and Adalyn “Addy”, brother Roy and wife Joan Nichols, Nephews Kris and Joey Nichols and Scott Huff.

This loving and caring father and grandpa graduated from Fulton High School in 1961, He then went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee Manga Cum Lada in 1965. He served in the Army National Guard. He also was on the National Honor Society Board of Transportation and worked in transportation as a dispatcher with Smith Transfer and Colonial Freight Systems until his retirement.

Fred grew up with 2 brothers Duddie and Roy. They were momma’s boys!!! As the oldest brother Freddie and middle son Duddie were known to pull a lot of pranks on their sweet younger brother Roy who always looked up to his brothers. Their front door was always open to all of their friends, of which many of them ending up spending more time at the Nichols home then their own. The memories that Roy has will continue to bring many laughs for him and our family in years to come.

When he was in College Freddie worked part time at Oakwood Methodist Church across the street from his childhood home on Burwell Avenue as a janitor. He taught himself to play “How Great Thou Art” on the piano when he was there working, because it was his mother’s favorite song. But he later got caught playing “rock and roll” on the organ which he forgot you could hear outside down the road….

He met and married Sandy Chapman in 1967 and had 3 daughters. All of which were daddy’s girls. Laurie his oldest. middle daughter Susan and youngest Allison. He was not just a father, he was our best friend, biggest supporter, mentor, coach and the first person to be there when needed He taught us to be strong, independent and good at laundry/cleaning and cooking so we could do this for him when he retired. It worked out just the way he planned it, we know.

There are so many stories of his daughters and their friends through the years. He spoiled us all, as many of our friends were like his own daughters as well. He was always surrounded by us girls, including many vacations. Where that patience came from, we will never know.  But he was so patient and took the time to listen to every single one of us anytime we needed him. As much as he loved his daughters and their friends; We knew that his smile from ear to ear when his grandson Austin was born, was as genuine as they come. He finally had a boy in the family!!!

He was just as proud when his granddaughters Kinsley and Addy were born. He was always so proud of them both. He so often told people how impressed he was with their sweetness, intelligence and humor. They both kept him very entertained.

He was an avid sports fan especially of the University of Tennessee. When his job took him to North Carolina he became quite the Duke Basketball fan. During his time in North Carolina he had many close friends that included lots of camping, nights of Karaoke, and Nascar to name a few. The Talladega memories alone will last a lifetime.  The family would like to especially thank Mike Young, Gene Bartlett and Heath Yelton for always “keeping an eye” on him while he was there. He loved each of you.

Fred had the heart of a giant. He was an animal lover and always had some kind of pet during his life. He was the first you would call to pet sit. As tender hearted as he was, he was also a cut up. His son in law Jason never could find a wing too spicy for Fred to eat and boy did he try. He never could quite grasp the new wave of technology and called on Julie and Hank at Park Place West a lot! We thank you all for always being there when his Netflix wasn’t working. He spent many days after retirement having long conversations with his family while sitting in a seat on the porch or in his favorite recliner.

Fred would want everyone to go home raise a glass of their favorite drink in his memory. Thank the lord for your blessings and hug your family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Concord United Methodist, 11020 Roane Drive, Knoxville, TN 37934. The family will receive friends on Sunday November 17, 2019 from 1:30 to 2:30, Service will follow with Rev. Larry Trotter officiating.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Nichols family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.




6 guestbook entries for “Fred Nichols”:

  1. Allison Chambers says:

    We love and miss you so so so much Daddy!

  2. Rich L Eutsey says:

    Girls–May I say your Dad was one of the best man to have had the supreme pleasure to have crossed paths in my lifetime. Always in my thoughts and prayers. Rich and Jodie

  3. Roy Nichols says:

    We will miss you my brother.
    Roy and joan Nichols

  4. Valerie Wooley says:

    I want to express my sincere sympathy to each of you and all of the family. I will continue prayers for you all.
    Valerie Wooley

  5. Dick Hensley says:

    To Roy. Shocked at my friends passing. Great memories of Freddie and your nice family. Your mom, dad, myrtle always made me feel part of the family. Freddie and I had many good times which you probably remember as well. He will be missed because he was everyone knew he was genuine.

  6. Cheri Chamberlain Wilson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Freddie’s passing. I do know that my deceased husband, Lanny Chamberlain is welcoming him with open arms into Heaven. They were always getting into something, but, everyone would
    end up laughing!!
    Freddie always loved his family & friends with all his heart.
    Freddie will be missed but, Heaven has received an Angel .
    Go rest Freddie and tell Lanny “hi”.
    Cheri Chamberlain Wilson

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