WEST POINT – Walter Lee Nichols, 95, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in West Point. He was born Feb. 11, 1918, in McCondy to Nannie Lee Westbrooks Nichols and Shelba Topp Nichols.
He worked as a communicable disease investigator for the Mississippi State Board of Health 40 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was member of West Point Masonic Lodge 40 F&AM, the West Point York Rite Bodies and the Hamasa Shrine Temple of Meridian. He had served on the West Point Housing Authority Board of Commissioners for 23 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He married Merlaine Young Nichols on Sept. 25, 1938, in Egypt. Had she lived until Sept. 25, 2013, they would have been married for 75 years.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Ralph Nichols (Priscilla) of West Point; two grandchildren; Douglas Nichols and Angela Noles (Alan); two great-grandchildren, Ember Noles and Lyndsey Noles; and two sisters, Mary Pinkerton of Belzoni and Florence Thompson (Henry) of Harrison, Ark.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Thailer Nichols; five brothers, James, William, Floyd, Randolph and David Nichols; and one sister, Margaret Hardwick.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Alford, Eddie Alford, Richard Milstead, Frank George, Mal Young, Harry Stevens and Eugene Bailey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John Cox, North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point ER doctors and staff, and members of the West Point Masonic Lodge.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.