The Duncan Banner


February 3, 2014

Theola M. Nichols

March 11, 1917 — Feb. 1, 2014

DUNCAN — Theola Marie Nichols, 96, of Duncan, was born to William Wheeler and Myrtle Sally McAlister Pennington on March 11, 1917, near Temple, and departed this life Feb. 1, 2014, in Duncan, at the age of 96 years, 10 months and 21 days.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at First Baptist Church, Walters, with burial in the Walters Cemetery under direction of Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home in Walters. See online guest book at

Theola grew up in the Hulen Community northeast of Walters. She married Horace Erwin Nichols on June 24, 1939, at the Baptist parsonage in Walters with pastor Percy Haley Jr. presiding and witnessed by Archie Lee Fletcher and Rena L Hutton. Theola was baptized and became a member of First Baptist Church.

She and Horace made their home southwest of Walters, in the Soldier Valley area. They moved to the “Stinken Olé Hill” 10 miles east of Walters in 1951, and became active at Corum Baptist Church. They later moved to town, living in Walters from 1968 to 1983.

They moved to Livingston, Texas, around 1984, and upon Horace’s death in 1991, she made the decision to return to Oklahoma making her home in Duncan.

Theola enjoyed being a homemaker and taking care of her seven children, who were all raised in Cotton County. She worked for Walters Public Schools for many years as well. Through years she also enjoyed games, crafts, quilting, sewing, cooking and music.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Sr.; 11 brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren: Eric Norman and Christina Koble.

Survivors include seven children and their spouses: Judith K and Doyle Martin of Houston, Texas, Michael J Nichols and Judy of Allen, Texas, L Douglas Nichols and Linda of Duncan, Vicki L Norman and F.L. “Buz” Norman of Ingram, Texas, Horace E Nichols, Jr. and Debbie of Duncan, Doyle D Nichols and Marsha of Montgomery, Texas, and Pamela L West of Duncan; a sister, Ethel Stephenson of Las Vegas, Nev.; 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.

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