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Don E. Nicholas

June 24, 1929 February 4, 2021
Don E. Nicholas
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Don E. Nicholas died peacefully on Thursday, February 4, 2021, surrounded by is family that he loved so much. He was 91.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama and born June 24, 1929, he was the son of the late James E. and Ora Davis Nicholas.

Don enlisted in the U.S. Air Force when he was quite young and served in the Strategic Air Command. Don was a solid businessman with an entrepreneurial spirit that enabled him to invest in businesses that utilized his mentorship and skills for growth and success. He owned and operated Nicholas Acoustics & Specialty Co. and Warehouse Services for many years. He was well respected for his keen business sense and professional leadership and was committed to helping other businesses prosper and reach their full potential. He was a past international president of Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA), a past president of the Optimist Club and a founding member of the American Subcontractors Association of Mississippi (ASA).

Don was a longtime member of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church where he was very active and taught Sunday School. Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who served as the great shepherd of his family. He leaves a lasting legacy to his family and friends of living a life with high principles, integrity, character, and intellect.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Betty West Nicholas; daughter, Donna Nicholas Parks; brother, Buddy Nicholas; and sister, Edwina Nicholas Mangum.

He is survived by his sons, Terry Nicholas (Emily), David Nicholas (JoLynn), and Mark Nicholas (Alice); son-in-law, Don Parks; grandchildren: Jennifer Holloman (Nick), Allison Cook, Adam Parks, Katie Evans (Chas), Audra Stanton (Patrick), Molly Savage (Adam), Matthew Nicholas, Betsy Kate Nicholas, Taylor Nicholas (Katie), Reed Nicholas (Maris), and Jamey Nicholas (Mary Hampton); 20 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

Friends & Family are invited to attend the graveside service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021, at Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Those who would like to offer words of comfort and condolences to Don’s family are encouraged to submit through Don’s tribute page at

The family wishes to thank Ms. Jessica Brown and Ms. Anita Hoskins for their constant, loving care and comfort provided to Don.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church or to Pinelake Church.
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Parkway Memorial Cemetery

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Parkway Memorial Cemetery
1161 Highland Colony Pkwy Ridgeland 39157 MS
United States

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Parkway Memorial Cemetery Final Resting Place

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy
Ridgeland, MS 39157

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy Ridgeland 39157 MS
United States

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St. Matthew's United Methodist Church

7427 Old Canton Road
Madison, MS 39110

Pinelake Church - Brandon

6071 Highway 25
Brandon, MS 39047

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