Eugene 'Gene' Nichols

Jul 04, 2014

Loving Husband

WAYNESVILLE — Eugene “Gene” Hamilton Nichols, 85, of Orion Davis Road, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014, at his residence.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Clayton Marvin and Elsie Moore Nichols. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Albert Lee Nichols and Louie “Jake” Nichols, and one sister, Sarah Jane Walker. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was employed at Welco Shoe Corporation for 35 years. Eugene loved being outdoors taking care of lawn, flowers and garden. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Eugene is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hilda Cagle Nichols; a sister, Doris Kerly, of Canton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 6, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Jennings Sizemore officiating. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, P.O. Box 13, Waynesville, NC  28786.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at

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