The Rev. Dennis Witt Nichols, Class of 1992, Rector of the Episcopal Church of Holy Comforter, Gadsden, Alabama, died suddenly on November 24, 2014, at the age of 59. Ordained to the priesthood in 1992, Nichols previously served at St. Peter's Clarksboro, New Jersey, and St. John-in-the-Wilderness, Gibbsboro, New Jersey. A native of Virginia, he was a graduate of Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music and an accomplished concert organist who taught school for fifteen years in Lynchburg, Virginia before attending General. He had served as chaplain to the South Jersey American Guild of Organists and as dean of the Woodbury Convocation. He was a member of the Oxford Round Table of Oxford, England, and studied abroad extensively. He had a gift for humor, foreign languages and theological dialogue. Nichols was the quintessential Southern gentleman, loved his "little old ladies" and doted on his "Nichols girls."
Nichols is survived by his loving wife, Linda; daughters, Ande Nichols, Gadsden, Ashley (Troy) Harris, Clarksboro, New Jersey; mother, Betty Hawkins, Bedford, Virginia.; siblings, David Nichols, Cathy Minor, Dorothy Strain; a niece and nephews; and extended family in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Memorial services were held on November 29, 2014 at the Church of Holy Comforter with Bishops Sloan and Marray officiating, with a second service and burial to be held on December 13, 2014 at St. Paul's, Lynchburg, Virginia.
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