David Lee Nichols
August 8, 1951 – November 1, 2020
David Lee Nichols, 69, of Fort Smith, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020. He was born on August 8, 1951 in Oklahoma City to Norval (Nick) and Charlotte Nichols. As a young man coming of age in Michigan, he served with distinction in the Army Reserve, and attended classes at University of Michigan. David worked in the computer and communications industry his entire career, most recently as the former director at Sea Tel Inc., Asia-Pacific division. After he retired, he became President of the Fort Smith Rose Society and board member for The Learning Fields. He also attended First United Methodist Church. Among his many interests, David loved to garden, play guitar, travel to new and distant places and he had a strong passion for animals and classic rock. He was beloved by all of his family, neighbors, and friends, always smiling and lending a helping hand with generosity and kindness. There will be a privately held Celebration of Life at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith. David is survived by two daughters, Christie Heike and her husband James, of Rochester Hills, MI and Katherine Nichols of San Francisco, CA; a sister, Cheryl Nichols of Plano, TX; a brother, James Nichols of Santa Rosa, CA; an aunt, Donna Sue Phillips of Macon, GA and a grandson, William Chet Heike. He is also survived by his beloved Siberian husky, Sky. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Smith Rose Society, 2408 Brigadoon, Fort Smith, AR 72908 or Kitties and Kanines, 4300 Phoenix Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903.
- Norval (Nick) & Charlotte Nichols, Parents (deceased)
- Christie & James Heike, Daughter and Son-in-law
- Katherine Nichols, Daughter
- Cheryl Nichols, Sister
- James Nichols, Brother
- Donna Sue Phillips, Aunt
- William Chet Heike, Grandson
- David is also survived by his beloved Siberian husky, Sky.
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Celebration of Life at a later date
David Lee Nichols
November 11, 2020
David was such a great ambassador for our rose society and our city. He and my husband were friends and great caretakers of the lake and grounds at Carol Ann Cross Park, spending countless hours there, picking up trash, pulling weeds,
Loved his stories about his father and his military career. I will remember him as a kind person, who, like my husband, left everything in his path better than he found it, Rest In Peace, David, 🌹
Jody and Kimberly Cantrell
November 10, 2020
Dave was introduced to us a few years ago by a mutual friend. I can't remember a time when I met with Dave that he wasn't smiling and telling stories. He loved life and spent his time on earth enjoying the finer things in it.
He adored his friends and his family. We were lucky enough to know Dave and to be considered a close friend of his and will miss him dearly.
Cheers to Mr. Dave Nichols. May you rest in peace.