|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1951|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 2002|
North Carolina, USA
My dad, Tom was born on April 29, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio, along with his twin brother Tim to Walter and Nancy Nickell They lived on a farm unil they were 8 years old. In 1959 their parents packed them up and their older sister, Barbara and moved to Fort Myers, FL. My dad lived there til he graduated high school. After high school he was accepted to Western Carolina University in NC. That is where he met my mom, the future Mrs. Tom Nickell. They were married June 23, 1973. In 1974 they both graduated from Western and moved to Charleston, South Carolina. While there my older sister was born June 20, 1978. Three years later I came along on Sept. 22, 1981. In 1985 we moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. It was a scary time for us, but we adjusted to it. On March 25, 1988 the last of the Nickell girls was born. I am sure my dad would have liked to have a son, but he loved his girls just the same. It was a happy time for us, until March of 2002. We found out that my dad needed by pass surgery. I didn't think such a routine surgery could go so wrong. My dad's surgery was on April 4, 2002. At first things were fine, then we got the news that things weren't. The doctors couldn't get his heart to pump on its own. They didn't know why. For three days he was on total life support. His organs slowly started shutting down. By the third day we knew there was nothing the doctors could do. We made the hardest decision to turn off life support. At 5am on April 7 we got a phone call from his nighttime nurse telling us his pulse was fading and to get to the hospital quickly. We got there just in time. I kissed my dad on his forehead, told him I loved him and I would see him again one day.
Below is my dad's obituary from the Charlotte Observer
Thomas Walter Nickell, 50, of Charlotte, died April 7, 2002 at Carolinas Medical Center. Born in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late Walter M. and Nancy R. Nickell, he had lived in Charlotte since 1985. Tom worked many years for Terminex Services Inc., and was also very active at First Baptist Church of Matthews. Tom spent many hours building model ships and watching NASCAR races.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Pamela Tucker Nickell, of the home; three daughters, Tonya Marie Lovelace and husband Kevin of Kings Mountain, NC, Stacey Louise Nickell and Nancy-Joe Nickell of the home; twin brother, Timothy M. Nickell of Greensboro; an uncle, Millard Nickell of Florida; and stepmother, Jeanette West of Port Orange, FL. He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Nickell Wilhelm.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, at First Baptist Church of Matthews with The Reverend John M. Butler officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mint Hill Chapel of McEwen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to First Baptist Church of Matthews, P.O. Box 248, Matthews, NC 28106.
Arrangements are by McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service, Mint Hill Chapel.
I love my Daddy very much. I will always miss him. The day he died it's like a piece of me died with him. I wrote a poem for my Dad a few days after he died.....
Daddy is with the angels now,
and I often wonder how.
Daddy loved us all,
and picked us up when we would fall.
Daddy was always by our side,
and would never hide.
Daddy is always in our heart,
and we will never part.
Daddy we will miss you,
and we all love you too.
Here is something that most people don't know.. my dad's favorite NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt and him have the same birthday.
Thank you Carolina Angel for sponsoring my Dad's memorial page.
Walter Milburn Nickell (1921 - 2000)
Nancy Reid Nickell (1923 - 1992)
Barbara Nickell Wilhelm (1947 - 1997)*
Thomas Walter Nickell (1951 - 2002)
Sunset Memory Gardens
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Stacey
Record added: Feb 26, 2005
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