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Reba Hollifield Nichols

Reba Hollifield Nichols died peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in her home where she had lived for the past sixty-six years. Reba loved the Lord, her family, her church and her fellow man. 

She worked hard and was generous with her time and assets. Everyone was always welcomed at her table. Saturday was always “Grandma Day” as her family gathered around her for a family day and meal. 

She was a loving care provider for her family and accepted care from others with dignity and grace. She never complained but continued in her final days and years with a sweetness that made her a joy to be around. The peace of God dwelt within her. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. 

She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church for more than sixty years where she had worked tirelessly in Sunday School, Bible School and in the nursery. 

She was the daughter of the late Jack A. and Annie Mae Ledford Hollifield and the wife of the late Huston W. Nichols, who died Nov. 10, 1995. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Welch; a great granddaughter, Jessica Duckworth; son-in-law, Bruce A. Dayton; a sister, Blonde Cage; and three brothers, Robert, Phillip and Frank Hollifield. 

Surviving are two daughters, Iris Nichols Dayton of Hiawassee, Ga. and Jane Penland and husband, Thomas, of Hayesville; three sons, Gary Nichols and wife, Deborah, of Hayesville, William “Bill” Nichols and Clarence Nichols and wife Diane, all of Corsicana, Texas; a sister-in-law, Ruth Hollifield, of Hayesville; eleven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and ten great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Reverends Danny Hollifield, Danny Burch and Phil Goble officiating. The interment was held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Nicholson, David Dayton, Nick Welch, Joe Barnes, John Hoyle and Cory Duckworth. Honorary pallbearers were Aaron Payne and Derek Welch. 

The family received friends from 12-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Reba Nichols to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Youth Program, 50 Marvin Cabe Lane, Hayesville, N.C. 28904. 

Ivie Funeral Home in Hayesville was charge of all arrangements. 

An online guest register is available at

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997