Morris Junior Nickels, 75, passed away Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was born July 2, 1942, in Idaville, Indiana, to Morris Wesley and Beulah Lavon Timmons Nickels.
Morris grew up in Twelve Mile, Indiana. He graduated from Metea (Cass County High) School in Metea, Indiana in 1961. After high school, he worked for the Metea School System for a number of years.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1965 and served for four years. He served in the Vietnam War and was the recipient of the National Defense Service Metal. He was discharged in 1969, achieving the rank specialist.
After the military, he went to work for the Kokomo Fire Department. He worked for the fire department for 25 years. He loved being a firefighter, working and volunteering his time within the community. Shortly after retirement, he moved to Smyrna, Tennessee, where he found a job working in Bowling Green at General Motors Corvette Plant and their Saturn Plant in Columbia, Tennessee.
Morris was a member of New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He knew no stranger and loved people. He loved to sit and talk to people. He enjoyed watching Indiana basketball, UT and Dallas football. He loved being outdoors and would spend hours out in his yard working in his flower beds, feeding birds, and watching butterflies.
Morris is survived by his first wife, Patricia Lynn East, and their three children; his one child from his second wife, Tina Marie Buchanan.
Morris was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Beulah, and siblings, Grace, Mary Parsons, and Jay Nickels.
Morris is survived by his children, Tonya Renea (Richard Alan) Huffer, Kokomo, Gregory Scott Nickels, Donegal, Pennsylvania, Jenny Moore Holt, Hampstead, North Carolina, Niki Lynn Nickels, Martinsville, Indiana, and Lloyd David Hicks Nickels, Smyrna, Tennessee; his sisters, Madaline McDaniels, Logansport, Eleanor Geary, Deer Creek, and Maurice Nickels, Indianapolis; his grandchildren, Kiersten, Kyle, Richard "RJ," Mattie, Kayla, and Lilly; and his nieces and nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Woodland Church of God, Kokomo. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at that time. A private burial will take place at Sunset Memory Gardens.
Published on February 17, 2018