Barbara “China” Nichols Edens

September 25, 1942 - May 28, 2017
Barbara “China” Nichols Edens

Barbara “China” Lucille Nichols Edens age 74, of Leland, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin D. Edens, her first husband, James P. Fitzsimmons, her lifetime companion, Arbie Humphrey, her parents, Lyonelle C. and Doska Wactor Nichols, her sister, Betty Ann Strange, and brother Bobby Nichols.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Diane F. Smith and husband Kevin, of Wilmington; her son, James “Bossy” Fitzsimmons and wife Jamie of Leland; her daughter, Julie E. Haynes and husband Anthony of Lawndale, NC, her grandchildren, Thomas Wayne Newkirk and Amanda of Wilmington, Daniel Joseph Klutz and fiancée Shana, of Delco, Brandon H. Rivenbark of Leland, Kaitlin M. Newkirk and fiancée Steven of Charlotte; and brothers, W.C. Nichols of Irmo, SC, Thomas A. Nichols of Virginia , and Cecil D. Nichols of Columbia SC, and her animal companion “Gracie” who stayed by her side until the very end.

She was born September 25, 1942 in Columbia, SC, and had worked as a waitress at New China Restaurant for over 20 years. She was active in the Women’s Bowling League at Cardinal Lanes throughout her entire life. She loved bingo, shagging and line-dancing, and games but her passion was her family.

Funeral services will be held 11 am Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Life of Victory Everlasting Ministries, 1444 Lanvale Rd., Leland. Pastor Jimmy Mintz will officiate. Burial will follow in Oleander Memorial Garden. Pallbearers will be Thomas W. Newkirk, Daniel J. Klutz, Brandon H. Rivenbark, Roger L. Toney, Jackie N. Hyatt, and Jay W. Stokley.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to SECU Hopice House in Bolivia, NC, by visiting, www.tmcfunding.com

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Village Road Chapel, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451. 910-383-3511.

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  • May 31, 2017
    Jack & Gay Crumbaugh says:
    Thoughts & Prayers! Barbara was my spades card playing partner since 1999 on three different online card sites. The wife & I got to meet her in person a couple of times & we fell in love with her & her feistiness right away! She will forever be in our hearts!

  • May 31, 2017
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  • June 01, 2017
    vickyphillips says:
    sorry for your lost Julie you're mama with God

  • June 15, 2017
    Jamie Mabe Fitzsimmons (daughterinlaw) lit a candle:
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