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Obituary

Billy Elwood Nicholson

12/19/13

SNOW HILL–Billy Elwood Nicholson, 84, died Dec. 6, 2013 at his home in Snow Hill. He was born Dec. 17, 1928 in Basket Switch, Md. to the late Ernest Levi and Eliza Lank Nicholson and was raised in Berlin.  

Billy married Mary J. Moody Nicholson on Oct. 7, 1966; they have one son, the Rev. Dr. Isaac William “Ike” Nicholson.  

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1951-56, he was employed as a master electrician with IBEW Local 1835 and ultimately Local 24, with which he was a 50-year member. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 67 and Improved Order of Red Men, Tony Tank Tribe 149 in Fruitland and White Eagle Tribe 110 in Berlin, where he was a Past Sachem. Over the past several years, he enjoyed the MAC Center Morning Coffee Club in Snow Hill.

He loved his family, believed in the power of education and worked hard to provide his family every opportunity to improve themselves. He enjoyed music and dancing, especially the jitterbug.

During his younger years, he was an athlete excelling in soccer and believed that sports built a person’s character.

He was a proud member of the IBEW and believed strongly in the quality workmanship and integrity of unionized tradesmen. The friendships and fraternity of the Union were important to Billy throughout his life.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church and had a great appreciation for the spiritual instruction provided by his catechism class, being able to quote the catechism even in his later years.  As a deeply personal man, he was firm yet supportive, demanding, yet fun loving.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Deliah Mae Kamborn, Mildred Virginia Nicholson, Doris Joynes Baker and Beulah Ann Harding; four brothers, Vernon Levi Nicholson, Isaac William Nicholson, Marvel Tankard Nicholson and Ernest Lee Nicholson, and one granddaughter, Grace Sophia Nicholson.

He is survived by his two sons, Randall Anthony Nicholson of Salisbury and Dr. Isaac W. Nicholson and his wife, Shauna, of Ashland, Ky.; two grandchildren, Isaac Levi and Analiese Clare Nicholson of Ashland, one sister Ruth Roland Steimer, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service is being planned for late January. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Snow Hill Christian Church, 300 Park Row, Snow Hill, Md., 21863.

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