William C. “Nick” Nichols, 89 of Kissimmee, Florida passed away peacefully on Monday, April 20, 2020 after a long illness. Nick was born in Boomer, West Virginia the son of Okie and Ella Mae King Nichols. He moved to Kissimmee 34 years ago from New Smyrna, Florida. Nick was a retired Realtor from Goodwin Realty and Associates in Kissimmee and a protestant by faith. Nick was an Emeritus Realtor member who began his career as a realtor in 1978. In 1995 he was recognized as Realtor of the Year and in 1997 served as President of the Association. Twenty years later, Nick was honored with the Association’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. While Nick made significant contributions to the Association and the real estate industry, Nick will be remembered for his kind heart, great sense of humor, dedication to his family and love of his community.
Nick was also involved in many things, including: Lifetime member of the Florida and national FFA Alumni Associations, Florida FFA Foundation Board of Directors, Florida FFA Leadership Training Center sponsor. He sponsored campers for Florida FOA summer programs, served as a judge for numerous District and State FFA Speaking Contest, Sponsored several FFA Career Development Events, served on the New Smyrna Beach High School FFA Advisory Board for 10 years. Nick was also an Honorary FFA Chapter Member with the New Smyrna Beach Junior FFA Chapter, New Smyrna Beach Senior FFA Chapter and the Pine Ridge FFA Chapter, Nick was also an Honorary State FFA Degree Recipient. He was a true friend of the FFA and would always donate or sponsor whatever or whenever asked. Nick was also Past President of the New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors and Realtor of the Year recipient. He was active in the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce, he as a founding member and officer of the Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department, manager of the Pantry Pride (Food Fair) Grocery Store in Jacksonville, Daytona, Merritt Island, New Smyrna Beach, and Titusville, Florida He served his country as a Sergeant in the West Virginia National Guard as a Tank Commander. He was a member of the New Smyrna Beach Elks Club, he played an instrumental role in establishing the Florida FFA License Tag, coached little league baseball in Edgewater and Recreational softball in New Smyrna Beach, and growing up he was a Welter Weight Golden Gloves Boxer.
Nick is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Linda Goodwin Nichols of Kissimmee, Florida; his daughters: Kim Goodwin and her husband Duane, Carolee Goodwin-Blackmore and her husband David, Wendy Sitler and her husband Dominique, Yvonne Schopke and fiance’ Nate, Sue Nichols Huffstutter and her husband Joseph, Jodi Nichols Tillman and her husband John; Nicks son: William Carl Nichols Jr; brothers: Donald Nichols and his wife Anna; his sisters: Helen Edick, Janice Pritt and her husband David; his grandchildren: William C. Nichols III and his wife Stacie, Kristen Nichols Grooms and her husband Andrew, Nicholas Huffstutter, Timothy Huffstutter and his wife Caitlyn, Jessie Huffstutter and her husband Robbie, Lauren Thomas, Jesse Pepper and her husband Greg, Charles Geiger III and his fiance’ Sara, Jimmy Tillman, Randy Dietz and his wife Kayla, Emily Blackmore, Joshua Blackmore, Alex Roddier, Elise Roddier, Hagen Huber, Mason Schopke and Jackson Schopke; great grandchildren: Alexis Dietz, Kirsten Dietz, Tristen Dietz, William Tylor Nichols, Donna Nichols, Zachery Nichols, Parker Nichols, Kylie Nichols, Andrew Grooms Alexis Nichols Westley, Kimberly Grace Dordick and her husband Ryan, Joshua Huffstutter, Caroline Huffstutter, Kyleigh Lawson, Kori Pepper, Kruze Pepper; one great-great grandson: Elijah Ryan Dordick; 33 nieces and nephews. Nick was preceded in death by his parents, Okie and Ella Mae Nichols, his brothers: Harold Nichols, Earl Nichols, Robert Nichols, Eugene Nichols; Nick was also preceded in death by his sisters: Vita Matzker, Louise DalPorto, Ana Mae Smith and Patsy Barnett.
Due to the recent pandemic, a Memorial Celebration of Life for William C. “Nick” Nichols will be announced at a later date, please check back for the date, time and location.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the:
EDUCATION FOUNDATION – WILLIAM C. “NICK” NICHOLS SCHOLARSHIP
2310 NEW BEGININGS ROAD # 18,
KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA 34744.
The Nichols family is being cared for by: CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741: 407-847-3188.
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