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Jack Nichols of Fort Walton Beach went to his heavenly home on January 14, 2017. He was at home with his wife and caregiver at the time of his death. Jack was born on June 30, 1929 in Nicholsville, Alabama to William Renz and Laura Pauline Nichols. Jack graduated from Sweet Water High School and joined the US Navy in 1947. After an honorable discharge in 1950, he attended Livingston State Teachers College (now West Alabama University) where he met the love of his life, Joyce. They were married in 1952 and moved to Winston Salem, NC. They returned to Alabama the following year where Jack landed a job as a laborer in a chemical plant. It only took three weeks of dipping DDT for Jack to realize there had to be a better way to make a living and he returned to Livingston to finish his bachelor's degree in 1955. After graduation, Jack and Joyce moved to Fort Walton Beach, FL where Jack worked for Vitro Corporation at Eglin Air Force Base as an electronics engineer until 1961 when they moved to Little Rock Arkansas where Jack attended Graduate School at the University of Arkansas. After grad school Jack held several engineering positions that took him from San Diego, CA to Cape Canaveral, FL. He and Joyce returned to Ft. Walton Beach and Vitro Corporation in 1964. He joined civil service in Munitions Safety at Eglin Air Force Base in 1967. After his retirement in 1989, Jack and his wife spent twenty years showing and selling depression era glass and antiques at shows around the country. This afforded them enjoyable travel across the United States. Everywhere he lived, Jack was active with family, youth sports, church activities, and traveling to enjoy the world's natural beauty. As an active member of First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Jack served over 60 years as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher for college/young career age, three year olds, and over 30 years with special education students. He was active with ministry to teachers and the military in Training Union. Jack's home was always open and was their home away from home. He was also a Freemason. Jack wore a perpetual smile and was a joker and a teaser. He never met a stranger. He especially loved little children. Jack is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Joyce Rawson Nichols; sons Michael R. Nichols (Kathy) and R. Renz Nichols (Terry); grandchildren Lauren N. Jimeson (MacKay), Danielle N. Henderson (Chris), Trevor and Evan Nichols, Mike Wilson (Lauren), Rachel Balazs (Shane); great grandchildren Harlan, Avery and Macks Jimeson, Michael Wilson, Dylan and Levi Balazs, Drew and Analee Wilson, Taylor Craft,; sister in law Bina Henson; many nieces ,nephews and friends, too numerous to name. A celebration of his life will be 11:00 am. January 21, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach Church led by Wes Yates and Howard Gates. A visitation from 9:00 - 11:00 am will be at the church. Pallbearers are Trevor Nichols, Evan Nichols, Mike Wilson, Shane George, Chris Henderson, Dylan Balazs, and Levi Balazs. Interment will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery. Memorials contributions may be made to Foreign Missions at First Baptist Church. A very special thank you to the caregivers Crystal Harris, Lynn Jones, Jace Collins, Sharon Ferguson, to Emerald Coast Hospice, FLING friends, and Dr. B.A. Buckelew. Three words sum up the life of Jack Nichols: Christlike, loving, and friendly. Funeral Arrangements are under the care of Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at