Born April 13, 1925, in Fort White, Fla., he was the son of Charlie and Mary Nichols, who were blessed with seven children. Wallace was the youngest of five boys, with two younger sisters to follow.
After graduating high school in the spring of 1944, he entered the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. He served our country in the 95th Infantry Division and the 379th Regiment, Company L. He received two Purple Hearts, one of which was after being wounded at the Adolf Hitler Bridge on the Rhine River.
Wallace then returned to the states in the summer of 1946. Shortly thereafter, he came to visit his oldest brother, Lenos, in Clarkesville. Here, he fell in love with Rachel Margaret Hames. In May of 1947, they were married at Clarkesville First United Methodist Church and became lifelong members.
He and his brother started an appliance store together, he was in the service station business, drove a school bus, was a volunteer fireman, active in Scouting, and found his real passion in the grading business. During this time they raised three children, David, Robert and Susan. Much of the work was found in and around Clarkesville and Lake Burton.
In 1972, the family became owners of LaPrade’s on Lake Burton, which they operated until 2002. He had a great love for the people, the community, the land and the lake. For the last 10 years he has lived in Clarkesville and enjoyed going out daily to supervise the grading construction projects.
Wallace was an inventor, visionary, businessman and family man. He took great pride in a job well done. His warm smile, his quiet calm, his caring and patient ways will be missed and always remembered.
Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Mary Patrick Nichols; wife, Rachel Hames Nichols; brothers, Lenos, Roy, Alvin and J.C. Nichols; and sister, Lucille Nichols Brown.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, David P. and Ann Church Nichols of Conyers, and Robert H. and Mary Godfrey Nichols of Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Susan Nichols and Danny Joslin of Demorest; grandchildren, Dr. Jarrod Barnes and Jennifer Nichols Barnes of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Ashley Nichols of Flowery Branch, and Nikolas, Alekzander and Kara Joslin of Demorest; great-grandchildren, Lola and Celia Barnes of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; and sister, Louise Nichols Luz of Inverness, Fla.
Memorials may be made to Clarkesville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 365, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Those wishing may send condolences at hillsidememorialchapel.com.
Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville.
The Northeast Georgian
July 13, 2012