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 Pervie Nichols

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Pervie Nichols

Birth
Glen Allen, Marion County, Alabama, USA
Death 11 Jul 1984 (aged 71)
Burial Jasper, Walker County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 42554380 View Source
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Gospel preacher and brother of Gus Nichols. He was baptized by C. F. Cannon in 1930. He began preaching in Jasper, AL in 1939.

Pervie Nichols was born Oct. 18, 1912. His death came on July 11, 1984. He had been a Christian for about 55 years and for 45 of these years had been a gospel preacher. Since 1950 he had preached regularly on radio and from 1952 until 1977 he had a very successful TV program. As far as I have learned, his television program (1952 beginning) was among the first television preaching done by our brethren. While preaching in Jackson and Clinton, Miss., his Sunday morning TV program, co-hosted by him, and brother Bill Lambert, for 17 years, received one of the highest ratings of the Nielson Rating Company. Brother Nichols' life of service began during the difficult days of the Great Depression. Soon he came to be a part of the Preachers' Training Class at the old Fifth Avenue church in Jasper, Ala. From that time, his future was determined. At Freed-Hardeman College brother Pervie Nichols studied under great men, such as brethren N.B. Hardeman and L.L. Brigance, as well as other brethren who rendered great service in training preachers. Pervie, my wife's uncle, and brother of brother Gus Nichols had been a part of many lectureships, as well as having conducted several lecture series, himself. Such themes, as the Holy Spirit, leadership in the Church, and other important biblical studies were special for him. He, since college, and until recent months, had been a diligent student of the Bible. Brother Nichols' work as a preacher carried him into many of the states, and Canada. He worked locally, in Mobile, Selma, and Sylacauga, Ala. Also he did local work in Pensacola, Fla., Greenville, Miss., Albany and Macon, Ga. His longest tenure in one section was with Jackson and Clinton, Miss., churches. He moved to Jasper, Ala., in 1977 to work with the Midway church. After several years, he began his final labor in a mission point in Winston County, Ala., at Poplar Springs. Pervie, all his preaching life, had a great interest in weaker churches. He also felt, that Walker County, Ala., where the gospel had been preached more than 50 years, still had sections which are mission points. Pervie possessed an unshakeable faith in God, and the Bible. He never faltered in its defense. Throughout his life, as he grew in knowledge, as well as in faith and devotion, the church, wherever he lived, prospered under his straight forward, biblical preaching. In his tracts and papers, radio and television, his purpose was to lead people into truth, as well as to stabilize the church. In his publications, one sees brother Nichols' love for the scriptures, as God's plan, and only revelation of his divine will. He loved people. That love was reciprocated. Many honors were bestowed upon him, which he never sought, but accepted humbly. Among the last of such honors, was a "This is your life" type television program, done locally by the cable station in Jasper. This station, as a public service feature, and in honor to Pervie, did an hour-long program, which was shown one evening, and later repeated.

Brother Nichols was married to the former Evelyn Evans, the daughter of a prominent Walker County family, both business-wise, as well as in the church. Evelyn died in 1978. More than two years ago, he married Ira Nell Justice, of Oglethorpe, Ga., who survives. He is also survived by two daughters: Mrs. Davis Thomas, Madison, Miss., and Miss Mary Ann Nichols, Nashville, Tenn., as well as three grandchildren. Pervie died after several months of painful cancer. He was buried in Walker Memory Gardens, Jasper, Ala. Services were from the Midway Church of Christ on July 13. Prayers were led by brethren Richard Rogers and Wayne Lowe. Brief remarks were by Frank Barker, lacey Taylor, and Frank Young. Flavil Nichols did the sermon at the church building. Don Reele did the service at the grave.-500 Third Ave., Jasper, AL 35501. --- Frank D. Young, Gospel Advocate, Aug. 2, 1984, 460.


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