Jack A. Nicholson

Published 4:56 pm Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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WILLIAMSTON, NC – Jack Alton Nicholson, 63, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

Jack was the owner and operator of Jack’s Appliance Service for the past 37 years.

He repaired appliances for hundreds of customers across eastern North Carolina spanning six counties. Jack was known for the big red Ford van he drove and the bright red work shirts he wore.

Jack was born on April 22, 1960 to Milton Chester Nicholson and Janie Peaks Nicholson. He graduated from Williamston High School in 1978 and continued his education at Martin Community College where he earned a degree in Electrical Installation and Maintenance. Jack earned his electrical and refrigeration licenses. His first job was part-time at McKeel Appliance Service in 1976. He purchased the business in 1987, renamed it Jack’s Appliance Service, and continued to perform appliance repair work until his passing.

Jack was most proud of the six sons he and his wife raised and the four grandchildren they blessed them with, who were the lights of “Pop’s” life. He always had a project he was helping one of his kids or friends to complete. He loved the time he spent with his boys and friends and watching a plan come together. Jack seemed to thrive on tackling and solving problems that no one else could master. He was truly a Jack of all trades.

Jack loved to cook for and entertain his family and friends and was always looking for a new and improved recipe to try out. When asked what time the meal would be served, his standard answer was “When the meat is done”. All his meals were worth the wait.

Jack is survived by his wife of 42 years, Ellen Corey Nicholson; his six sons, James (Megan), Andy (Elisha Hardison), Ben (Brittany), Will (Farrell), David (Maria), and Noah (Maria); grandchildren, Kolby, Trenton, Wesley, and Riley Nicholson; his mother, Janie Peaks Nicholson; his sister, Jennie (Bobby) Brown; and his mother and father in-law, Geoffrey and Pearl Corey; sister-in-law, Janet W. Corey, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

Jack was predeceased by his father, Milton Chester Nicholson, and his brother-in-law, Jeff Corey.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at Tice Community Cemetery in the Farm Life Community, with Pastor Larry Stephens officiating.

Pallbearers were his six sons, nephew Luke Corey, and his “adopted” 7th son, Brett Roberson.

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service of Washington, NC handled the arrangements.