Born July 8, 1940, he was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Alice Lou "Louise" Nickels of Kingsport, TN, and in-laws Hascue and Nell Slagle of Pennington Gap, VA. Survived by his wife of 38 years, Audrey (Slagle) Nickels, son, Jeffrey "Todd" Nickels of Kingsport, TN, daughter, Laura Van Schaak and son-in-law Don of Beavercreek, OH. One sister, Barbara Johnson and brother-in-law, D. Lynn of Kingsport, TN, one grandson, Jacob Nickels of Kingsport, TN, as well as nieces, nephews, other family members and friends, including one foster son, Jerod Osterberg of Fairborn, OH whom which he maintained a relationship. He was an active member of Beavercreek Baptist Church in Beavercreek, OH, including serving as trustee and working with childrens ministry, a clothing ministry and participating in a mission trip.
At the time of his death, he was employed by Beavercreek City School System as a bus aid, working with special needs preschool children, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Of his other employments, he served in the United States Air Force, retired from Xerox Corporation, worked for Wise, VA Skilled Center, and worked for Virginia Foster Care System. Of his many hobbies and skills, he enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, cooking, of which he was known for his homemade cheesecakes. He had a giving and gentle spirit, great sense of humor and an avid storyteller to everyone who would listen. He had a special gift and love for working with children. He was well loved and will be missed by many.
His memorial service will be on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home, 298 Harrell, St, Pennington Gap, VA 24277. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 3:00 pm. Service will be at 3:00 pm with David Parsons and Carl Matherly officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Gardens in Woodway, VA.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Valley Baptist Church in his honor.
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Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home of Pennington Gap is in charge of the arrangements.