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Edward Stacy Nichols was born in Rowlandville, Maryland, December 19, 1926 to Conley and Hettie (Simcox) Nichols. He passed away August 31, 2013 at the Canterbury Inn, in Longview, WA. Ed, (also known to many as Tennessee) would be the first to tell you he had the best childhood a boy could have, growing up in the hills of Tennessee. He never met a stranger. He would love to talk to anyone he met, engaging them in far reaching conversations. He and his beloved wife Emaline shared so many passions. They rode motorcycles together throughout the country. They delighted in the beach and the roar of the ocean. They had horses, and many idyllic summers were spent at the horse camp at Mt. St. Helens. Metal detecting was a favorite pastime, and at the end of the day he loved reading a good book. They belonged to many clubs, including the Cowlitz Coin Club, the Game and Anglers, and the Cowlitz Gun Club. He was a lifetime NRA member who strongly supported people’s rights to own and bear arms. Ed was always among the first to volunteer to help children learn to fish at events the Game and Anglers held and he also helped with the fish hatchery through this organization. Speaking of fish, Ed loved to fish! He often said he wished everyone could experience the pleasure of being in a boat on the river early in the morning, casting your line out and watching the sunrise. And oh, how Ed loved to hunt! He and Emaline actually hunted into their early 80’s. They would talk about it months ahead of time, then buy the tags and head out for the day, just full of joy for being in the wilderness. His children all remember the camping trips each summer, all piling in the car (four kids and a dog in the back seat) with the big tent, cook stove, sleeping bags and enough supplies for two weeks. And he’d drive to a different state each year, just for the fun and adventure of it. We remember him singing “Old Dan Tucker” at the top of his lungs, laughing and having a good time as he and Mom took turns driving all those miles. Ed was a World War II veteran, having joined the Navy when he was just 17, convincing his parents to sign, so he could serve his country. Ed taught his family so much—to play fair, work hard, respect your elders, enjoy the outdoors, always try to make new friends, and have a good time. And, most importantly, to take care of each other. Ed and Emaline were married for 65 years, until her passing, 10 months to the day, before Ed. He was welcomed with loving arms into heaven by Emaline, his parents, his granddaughter Shannon M. Lewis, and other cherished family. He is survived by his brother Charles (Betty) Nichols, children Barbara Jean (Joe) Lewis, Timothy (Shirley) Nichols, Michael (Mary) Nichols and Margaret Ann (Dan) Worthington; seven grandchildren, Robyn Lewis, Stephanie and David Nichols, Ahren Belden, Jake Ingram, and Shanon and Shanie Worthington, six great-grandchildren, Alondra and Anthoni Garcia, Shannon N. Lewis, Gunner Cothren, Ahryana Belden and Zachary Dolan, and a host of longtime friends. Ed never wanted a funeral. He’d tell you to enjoy the outdoors, take a child fishing or stop in at the Berry Patch in Westport, OR on the way to the beach and to enjoy the excellent Marion berry pie that he and Emaline delighted in. They took such pleasure in the many times their son, Mike, would call and say “let’s go for a drive” and take them there. Memorial contributions may be made to The Shannon Lewis Heart Fund, care of Sterling Savings Bank, PO Box 369, Winlock, WA 98596, or your local animal shelter.
Say not in grief he is no more but live in the thankfulness that he was.