Harold Johnson Nichols
Born on Aug. 25, 1924
HAROLD JOHNSON NICHOLS
VICTORIA - Harold Johnson Nichols was born on August 25, 1924 in Alpine to James Franklin Nichols and Martha Elizabeth Johnson. He was the second of four children. Older brother James died at age six. His other siblings were Vernon Wesley "Buzz" Nichols and Ina Bess James.
Harold grew up on a ranch in the Glass Mountains east of Alpine. He studied in the Alpine public schools and was an avid member of the Future Farmers of America. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Sul Ross College after serving as a cadet in the Army Air Force, where he trained to be a bombardier. He was honorably discharged after surviving a military plane crash.
Harold married Martha Mae Mansfield in 1944. The couple had two children, James Mansfield and Nancy Margaret. The family moved to Victoria in 1952. Harold joined the business faculty at Victoria College. He subsequently became business manager of the college until his retirement in 1978.
He took up painting under the tutelage of artist Simon Michael in the 1970's. He soon made creating art works his primary vocation, practicing not only painting but also metal sculpture and wood carving. His works have been shown in many venues throughout the region.
Upon retiring, Harold acquired the old Farmers' Co-op on Bridge and Third Street. Over a period of years he converted the premises into a residence and studio for himself and a showcase for art works. He was also an untiring host of convivial gatherings, and catered many events on the grounds.
Harold was a loyal patron of cultural institutions in Victoria. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where he enjoyed worship and fellowship in the Saturday evening services.
He is survived by children Jim and Nancy; grandchildren, Eva Christine Nichols and Andrew James Nichols; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church, with Rev. Bur Dobbins officiating.
Rosewood Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements, 361-573-4546.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes contributions be made to the Nave Museum.