Lt. Col. Glen L. Nichols Sr., U.S. Army Retired of Smithville, died early Sunday morning at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was an elder for over 30 years at Smithville Church of Christ and a retired general contractor.
The funeral was held at Smithville Church of Christ. Dan Gulley and Ralph Vaughn officiated. Burial followed at DeKalb Memorial Gardens with military honors. Colonel Nichols, a 25-year veteran of the United States Army, was born and reared in Algood, a part of neighboring Putnam County. In February 1941, he was part of the Tennessee Army National Guard based in Cookeville and said unit was soon called into World War II. He attended Officer Candidate School and became Second Lieutenant and later rose to First Lieutenant. Following the war, he returned to the Volunteer State to further his education at Tennessee Tech. While there, he met a young lady whom he described as “the prettiest girl on campus”. Marie Patterson from Smithville would later become Mrs. Glen Nichols and the mother to Glen, Jr. and Sharon. He then attended American University in Washington where he received a master’s degree. During this time, Officer Nichols remained in the Army Reserve. Major Nichols’ unit was activated in 1947 and shipped to Japan. Later our country was drawn into the Korean War, where he commanded an artillery unit. Following a quarter-century of military service, he taught business and economics at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech. He also enjoyed the building trade, had his own construction company and left his mark on several significant properties in the Middle Tennessee area. He also had a distinguished career with the Model Cities program.
Mr. Nichols was one of the seven original founders of the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce over 50 years ago.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Cora Etta Lee Nichols and mother of his children, Marie Patterson Nichols; a sister, Reba Stamps; and a brother, Robert Nichols.
Nichols is survived by his wife, LaMurle Jarrett Parker Nichols of Smithville; son, Glen Jr. and Margaret Nichols; daughter, Sharon and Dale Beaty, all of Smithville; stepdaughters, Mimi Bowling of Mt. Juliet and Lynn Fann of Texas; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer and Brian Light of Knoxville, Amanda Mathis and Abby Evans of Smithville, Kerri and Adam Hudson of Nashville, Patterson and Brad Wilson of Knoxville, Lori and David Purnell of Lebanon, Josh and Wendy Bowling of Nashville, Kelly and Marco Marcini of Italy, Amy and Mark Strauss and Ben and Marissa Fann, all of Texas, and Michael and Monica Beaty of McMinnville; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, John Thomas and Dorothy Nichols and Earl Young Nichols, all of Algood. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 4, 2015