Elbert Milton Nichols,70, passed away on March 26, 2017, at NMMC, after a brief illness. Milton was born on Dec. 8, 1946 in Baldwyn, the eldest of four sons, to Herbert “Tuffy” and Lavelle Nichols. He was a proud United States Marine serving from May 1966 until May 1970, with continued service in the USMC Reserve until 1976. Milton’s duty stations included Parris Island, Vietnam, White House Guard, and Honor Guard. He was extremely proud of not only his service as a Marine but the service of his family in the US Military. His father, Herbert “Tuffy” Nichols was in the US Army during WWII; his brother, Danny Lee Nichols also a US Marine and his brother, Donnie Nichols was a US Air Force SP. He was a member of several Veteran organizations and was always willing to help a fellow Veteran in need. After his military career, Milton became a US Merchant Marine working on River barges on the Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio Rivers and the Tenn-Tom Waterway for almost 20 years, until an injury caused him to find another line of work. He worked for Wal Mart SuperCenter on North Gloster for several years, before taking a job at Tecumseh, where he retired in November 2013. Milton enjoyed visiting friends and family, talking with other veterans, surfing the internet, shooting firearms, and occasionally fishing. He was a patriotic American devoted to the advancement of his Country.
A Graveside service with Military Honors will be held 2:30 P.M. Saturday, April 01, 2017, at the Verona City Cemetery. Visitation will be 12 Noon till 2 P.M. at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Milton is survived by Uncles, Grady (Bonnie) of Kenosha, WI and Arlis (Barbara) of Enterprise, MS. Nephews, Nick Nichols (Mandi) of Tupelo, and Brad Shattuck of Kenosha, WI., his Nieces Mandy, Tuffy, and Chelsea Nichols of Belmont, Shannon Cisneros (Juan) of Zion, Illinois, and several cousins. He also had a great-nephew Macon, whom he loved and adored dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his three brothers Danny, Donnie, and Ricky.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to American Cancer Society, 607 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38802, or a Veterans organization of your choice in memory of Milton. Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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I too am saddened to hear about Milton. He was one of my favorite friends. RIP sweetheart. You will never be forgotten, I love you!
Submitted by Lynn Hall on Mar 31 2017 04:08:20 AM
Milton I'm so saddened by your death. You,Danny,Donny & Ricky were like brothers to us Reed sisters. We had so many good times together growing up. We all loved you because you were such a sweet,kind gentleman. May you rest in peace with no more sorrow. Much love Sandy Reed Mason
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