Emmett Nichols

Posted 6/1/20

KANSAS - Emmett Edward Nichols, 83, left this world and walked through heaven’s gates 12:45 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2020.

A celebration of life is at a later date. Private burial is in Fairview …

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Emmett Nichols

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KANSAS - Emmett Edward Nichols, 83, left this world and walked through heaven’s gates 12:45 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2020.

A celebration of life is at a later date. Private burial is in Fairview Cemetery, Kansas. Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Nichols was born Dec. 21, 1936, the son of Eldon Monroe and Nona Faye Summers Nichols at their home near Wapella. He married Janice Lucille Everett March 31, 1956, at LeRoy, and she preceded him in death. 

He is survived by four sons, David (Dena) Nichols of Westfield, Michael (Julie) Nichols of Greenview, Steven Nichols of Paris and Mark (Carol) Nichols of Kansas; eight grandchildren, Amy Nichols, Chad Nichols, Jeremiah (Elana) Nichols, Sarah (Jake) Tierney, Jason (Chelsea) Nichols, Samantha (Josh) Center, Josiah (Cassandra) Nichols, Michelle (Thomas) Rieke; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Merle (Judy) Nichols of Decatur and Fred (Linda) Nichols of Eva, Ala.; and one sister, Peggy (Richard) Deffenbaugh of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Nelda, Frances and Gerry; and one brother, Cletus. 

Mr. Nichols lived in and around Wapella, all of his childhood. He graduated from Waynesville, Illinois, Township High School in 1954.  

After marriage, he worked at a variety of jobs until he entered the ministry at the age of 27. He began preaching in June 1964 at the Christian Church in Sidney.  In April 1969, he started his ministry at First Church of Christ in Potomac.  In the fall of 1972, he began the work of promoting the work of the Indian Christian Mission in Show Low, Ariz. During this time, he lived with wife and sons in Kansas, where they lived until his death.

In February 1974, he became the preacher at State Line Christian Church, near Paris.  During his time there, he assisted the congregation to build a new building. Mr. Nichols and his wife became a part of African Christian Mission in November 1977.  They spent four years in Zaire, Africa, where he built church buildings and helped to disciple a group of young men who are still faithfully serving the Lord today. 

He spent 14 years as the Stateside Representative for ACM before becoming one of the organization’s missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa.  He lived in the U. S. and made trips to Nigeria where he worked at training young preachers and church leaders the rest of his life.

Memorial donations may be made to Kansas Christian Church Missions, P.O. Box 301, Kansas, IL  61933.  Please specify on the memo line African Leadership Scholarship or Tracy’s Heart.  

Online condolences at hsckfh.com.