Wayne "Doc" Nichols, 68, of Glasgow died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at his residence.
Born on March 8, 1949 and raised in Glasgow, he was the son of the late Joe and Velma Steen Nichols.
He grew up helping on the family farm and playing the tuba in high school band and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1967. He attended the University of Kentucky where he received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. It was during this time he met his wife, Susie, and later married her on Feb. 14, 1970, in Glasgow.
After college, he moved back home to Glasgow. He served more than 28 years as the manager of the Glasgow Water Company. He retired from the water company to build his current company, Nich-Chem.
He loved his community and served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Glasgow Golf and Country Club, chairperson of the first Glasgow Highland Games and was active in the Rotary Club, Ducks Unlimited and the Barren River Rod and Gun Club. As an avid golfer, he spent years traveling with his buddies to the Dominican Republic. He loved playing cards on Tuesday nights and telling stories to his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Susan Mansfield Nichols; a son, Mark Nichols (Shelby), of Louisville; two daughters, Julie Nichols Ashmun (Matt), of Lexington, and Polly Nichols Guffey (Matt), of Prospect; seven grandchildren, Carter, Davis and Tate Ashmun, of Lexington, and Noah, Grace, Brooks and Lila Guffey, of Prospect; a nephew, Steve LaForge, of Nashville; a niece, Cindy Greer, of Glasgow; and many cousins, extended family and friends.
Doc enjoyed a full and loving life. He spent the last few years of his life really living with cancer as opposed to dying of it.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017, at A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home, with burial in Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 3 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until time for the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Baptist Health Lexington Cancer Center/Radiation Oncology c/o Baptist Health Foundation Lexington, 1800 Nicholasville Road, Suite No. 104, Lexington, KY 40503 or T.J. Samson Hospice Home Care Program at 1301 N. Race St. Glasgow, KY 42141.
Published on March 30, 2017