Johnny W. Nichols, age 78, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, November 8, 2023 surrounded by his family. He was born September 22, 1945 in Miller County, Arkansas to Clyde and Betty Nichols. Johnny was a member of Springdale Baptist Church in Queen City. His days were spent immersed in the world of logging, a profession he approached with dedication and skill. A master storyteller, Johnny had an unparalleled ability to weave tales. Laughter was his gift to the world, a legacy that will continue to resonate in the hearts of all who knew him. Johnny was a man of many passions, but none captured his heart quite like fishing. As Grandpa to six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Johnny was the pillar of support and a source of boundless affection. His eyes would light up at the sound of their laughter, and he took pride in imparting his wisdom and love to each one of them.
Yet, amid all his passions, Johnny considered his greatest achievement to be the love he shared with his beloved wife, Hellen. Their journey together was one of unwavering commitment, resilience, and a shared joy in life’s simple pleasures.
Johnny was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Hellen M. Benefield Nichols; his son Kelvin Nichols; daughter, Linda Messer; brothers, Weldon Nichols and Jimmy Nichols; sisters, Kathryn Lynn, Christine Winn, Bonita Surorak, Ineva Lummus; and his parents.
He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Richards of Queen City, Texas; six grandchildren, Kaci Johnson and husband Matt, Laci Page and husband Jimmie, Jonathan Richards, Lindsey Underwood and husband Trent, Jessica Barnett, Emily Simmons and husband Landon; two great grandchildren, Brantley Jones, Ellie Johnson; and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation will be 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday, November 10, 2023 at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services will be 3:00pm, Saturday, November 11, 2023 at Hanner Funeral Service, under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service, with Bro. Charles Hale officiating.
Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery.