Alvah E. Nichols

Published 8:26 am Thursday, June 21, 2018

LAKESIDE, CA – Alvah Earl “Nick” Nichols, age 83, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at a San Diego hospital. He was born on October 11, 1934 to the late Alvah Pike and Eunice Brewer “MaMa” Farmer Nichols in Hertford County, North Carolina.

Nick joined the United States Navy in 1952 and was stationed in San Diego, California where he met his lovely bride, Carol Gillette. They were wed on June 29, 1958 and would have been married sixty years this week. After ten years in the Navy, he got out and remained in San Diego for the remainder of his life. He worked as a sanitation engineer and manager with AlMax Sanitation in San Diego before retiring in 1996. Nick loved to BBQ on the grill and have friends over to eat and fellowship. He gave his life to the Lord in 1995 and became very active in church with his family and enjoyed reading and talking about the Bible.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Sylvia Nichols Smith Baisey, Emma Jones, Dorothy Pritchard, and Velma Mitchell; and his brothers, Samuel J. Farmer, Ernest “Friday” Farmer, and Ray Farmer.

Nick is survived by his sweet wife, Carol, of nearly sixty years; his son, Scott Nichols, both of the home in Lakeside, California; one sister, Idell Harrell of Ahoskie; one brother, James “Jim” Farmer of Murfreesboro; two sisters-in-law, Francie Farmer of Ahoskie and Evelyn Farmer of Aulander; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at Millennium Pentecostal Holiness Church on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm. The family will receive friends following the service and will have a private interment at Job Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family by visiting, Nick Nichols to help with expenses incurred during Nick’s failing health.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service is assisting the Nichols family during their time of need and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting