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Willie Ray Nicholson
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Funeral services for Willie Ray Nicholson, 86, of Clarkesville, will be held at 11 a.m. today, March 7, at the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Burial will follow in Hills Crossing Baptist Church cemetery.

Mr. Nicholson died Monday, March 5, 2012, at Habersham Medical Center from natural causes.

Born May 22, 1925, in Habersham County, he was the son of the late Lawrence C. Nicholson and Effie Nichols Nicholson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ernest Paul Nicholson and Charles Guy Nicholson; his sister, Bonnie N. Ferguson; and son-in-law, Robert L. Mathes Jr.

Ray was a retired farmer with Fieldale Farms with 40 years of service. He was at his finest when circled by his loving family. There was always a smile on his face and a story to be told when his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were near. He brought love and a wonderful gift for life to all the family and friends who have come to know him throughout the years. Habersham County has lost a true gift from our legacy.

Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Kathleen Martin Nicholson; daughter, Patricia N. Mathes of Atlanta; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy N. and Mike Davis of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, David Ray and Lisa Nicholson of Cornelia; brother, Henry Garland “Whitty” Nicholson of Clarkesville; sister, Betty N. Ferguson of Cornelia; grandchildren, Blake and Kelly Barron, Chuck and Brandy Allen, Corey Lindsey, Nathan, Seth and Allie Nicholson, Jason and Jennifer Davis; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Level Grove Baptist Church Youth Group, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.

The Northeast Georgian

March 7, 2012