Claudette Louise Nicholson

August 23, 1942February 2, 2019

Mrs. Claudette Louise Nicholson, age 76, of Decatur, Georgia, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019. She was born August 23, 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia, daughter of the late Claude and Fannie Roberds Carter. Having a green thumb, she enjoyed raising plants and she loved animals. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, working crossword and Sudoku puzzles, and was an excellent cook. Mrs. Nicholson was strong in her faith and was a member of Clairmont Hills Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Marvin Carter, Richard Carter and Raymond Carter.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas L. Nicholson, Sr.; son, Thomas L. Nicholson, Jr.; daughter, Janice Gibson; brother, Miller Carter; sister, Mary Brooks, three grandchildren, Kristen and Kyle Rast, and Eileen Harvey; two great-grandchildren; nephew and niece, Gary and Towana Brown; as well as a number of other family members and friends.

Services will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346,

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Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246


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John and Jane Morris

February 11, 2019

Condolences to the family — Jane and I lived three or four houses down from Tom and Claudette on Delia Drive. I met them by chance because I worked at Ft Gillem and noticed a Ft Gillem sticker on Tom’s truck. Started a conversation that led to a friendship of over 15 years. They loved to walk around the block, and they always made it down our driveway to chat a while. My wife, Jane, who worked at Ft McPherson, rode to work daily with Tom. Later, when their son moved to Phoenix, we were the couple who got up at 4AM to drive from Lawrenceville to Decatur to take them to the airport – then we would drive to the airport to pick them up when they returned and capped it off by going to a barbecue restaurant on Clairmont Road. We made the trip to the airport with them several times. Things I cherish the most are: Tom playing the guitar in the living room while I accompanied him on the piano; borrowing one another’s Gaither music videos; having Claudette give me some candy she purchased for me at the commissary; and of course eating the hot sausage biscuits she cooked for us to eat on the way to the airport. Indelible memories are etched in my mind. We loved them like a brother and sister. John and Jane Morris, Lawrenceville GA. Our daughter provided lawn maintenance to them until her death.

Catherine Bailey

February 8, 2019

Claudette was a wonderful person as well as mother-in-law and Grandma. Her Sunday dinners were always delicious and her holiday dinners were something to look forward to. She taught me how to make sausage balls, buckeye balls, haystacks, heavenly hash and old fashioned green beans. She taught me the tradition of black eyed peas and greens on New Years Day. Being a Yankee, she introduced me to grits which started my lifetime love affair with grits. Both Grandma and Grandpa made sure that even in our toughest times we had food in our home and clothes for our daughter. Oh, she loved shopping at Richs for clothes for her granddaughter. A funny memory is when she would make Italian cream cake (awesome) and then Grandpa would say that he made it and we'd laugh. Claudette never treated me like a daughter-in-law, she went out of her way to make me feel like a daughter and that best describes who she was. Those memories live on guaranteeing that she lives on. Rest in peace lovely lady.

Angela Hon

February 5, 2019

We’ve lived next door to Tom and Claudette for 11 years. Ms Claudette used to buy dog treats to give to our dog when they were outside. She was such a lovely, caring woman and we will miss waving to them during their neighborhood walks.

Laura Bradshaw

February 4, 2019

How I always relished the holidays under the care of Claudette! As a fellow cook, I had so much respect for her culinary skills. She shone on those days, dish after dish carefully planned and executed. I still make her recipes and they will now bring a special poignancy to future holiday meals.

She cared for her husband as her vows promised, never failing in the Lord's eyes. I know that she can now care for him again, waiting for him to join her in a renewal of those vows in heaven. May God bring you solace and peace in these difficult days and know that I remember her so fondly and shall pray for all of you.