Timothy Howard Nichols

April 9, 1946 - January 4, 2009
Timothy Howard Nichols

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Surrounded by family and friends, Timothy Howard Nichols, 62, died peacefully on January 4, 2009.

Tim became a brother and friend to people on every continent. Tim held himself to the highest standards in everything he did and with everyone he met – asking only the simplest things in return, usually only a hot meal or a warm bed. Tim – gifted with perfect pitch – shared his natural talent for music through the piano and shared his technical skills through tuning and repairing pianos. Tim’s immediate acceptance of people as truly valuable children of God was expressed in the intimacy and quality of his filming and editing. He “lived” with a wide variety of Christian missions throughout the world long enough to capture the true essence of “the good news” in each setting and produce impactful media communicating how people love and care for each other.

It is rare to meet someone who refers to Tim as a friend without their first using the word “best”. It was equally rare for a friend not to receive some sort of communication from Tim – a card or a call from an airport — at a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion. Every occasion was a special occasion to Tim. Life was Tim’s special occasion – and he shared it quietly, generously, and graciously with us. Many will for a long, long while miss having Tim’s “constant contact”.

Friends and family will gather on Saturday, January 10, 2009, to celebrate and remember Tim’s time with us. Tim’s “home base” congregation, Myrtle Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 800 Piner Road, Wilmington, NC, is hosting this occasion at 11:00 am preceded by a time from 10:00 am – 11:00 am for family and friends to meet. Interment will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents Stan and Stella Nichols, brother Raymond, and nephew Cole Nichols. He is survived by three brothers, Clint (wife Jarvis Rose) of Hattiesburg, MS; Dave (wife Chini) of Charlotte, NC; and fraternal twin Terry of Kings Mountain, NC; as well as many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Because “all the world” was Tim’s cause and he generously gave his time and talents supporting and promoting many specific causes, those who wish to remember Tim in a special way are requested not to give flowers but to make a contribution of time, talent, or money to a cause that allows you best to care for others.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • January 07, 2009
    Carol Beeker Long says:
    Terry, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your beloved brother, Tim. I remember Tim well from Mrs. Myers' English class at West Davidson High in 1964. Tim was always such a delight. He was kind, courteous, and thoughtful of others. Know that you and your family are in my prayers. Carol Beeker Long

  • January 14, 2009
    Mark Fincannon says:
    My condolences go out to the family of Tim. What a wonderful man he was...I learned so much from him and his quiet nature and humble spirit were infectious. He loved the LORD so much and I am sure that he is thrilled to be in HIS presence. May God Bless and comfort you...

  • January 10, 2009
    Lynda Barfield says:
    Clint, Guided by the expectation you expressed in a recent phone conversation, I pray that this day will indeed be a great celebration of Tim's homegoing. May your wife as well as the presence of all your children and your 3 wonderful grandchildren on this day bring you comfort and, of course, give you a song to sing. Charles and Lynda

  • January 10, 2009
    Robert J. Lowe, Jr. says:
    Tim will be greatly missed in the Wilmington, NC area. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and many freinds. He was and always will be a mentor in my occupation and life role. The Lowe Family Port City Piano Service

  • January 09, 2009
    Sam Pfanstiel says:
    We just heard of Tim's passing, and would like to express our condolences. I have known Tim for over 30 years and grieve deeply at his passing. If at all possible, we will try to attend tomorrow and represent our extended family in Oklahoma and throughout the Midwest who have also been deeply touched by Tim's life over the years. Tim, you were like uncle to me, and though we did not get to spend as much time together in recent years as we did, your presence and love through my formative years has been a great blessing to me. You are loved, and will be missed.