Chas Harold Nicholson

July 12, 1939June 17, 2021

CHAPIN - Chas H. Nicholson, age 81, died at his home on June 17, 2021. Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, he eventually made South Carolina his home. His career included several companies: Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory and LLR in Columbia, and Building Department in Greenville and Chester. A certified BBQ judge, he loved building smokers and barbecuing on them.

Survivors include his wife, Ruthanne, son, Kevin (Sally), Stewart Smith, Dan Smith (Suzy), Baker Smith, Dorothy Henderson (Rusty), and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Chas was a member of Lake Murray Presbyterian Church of Chapin. Boy Scout Troop 411 at his church was very special to him and donations can be made in his memory to that organization.

A lakeside celebration of his life will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 925 Sugar Mill Road in Chapin. Interment will follow in the church columbarium.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, June 26, 2021


Chas Harold Nicholson

have a memory or condolence to add?

Merri Lewis

June 26, 2021

Ruthanne, I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Chaz. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Merri

Bronnie Smith

June 25, 2021

Chas and I talked very often and shared many of our concerns and hope for our great country. He was Truly a man of great faith and love for his family, friends, and America. Chas and I often talked about the wonderful world of barbeque and our passion for judging. He was a master craftsmen building smokers and oyster cookers. I will sadly miss our conversations and sharing our thoughts and concerns. Rest In Peace my friend.

Dawn Verbarg

June 20, 2021

Chaz and I met through our shared love of all things barbeque and our paths crossed often at SCBA and KCBS barbeque events. He was a wonderful man; kind and generous and he always had a story to tell. Chaz, my friend I will miss you and your wonderful smile.

Ben Sloan

June 18, 2021

Chas was a special friend who sat with me at the Men of the Church meetings telling many a story of an inspection or a barbecue taste test. He was so thoughtful and generous. When my wife was sick, he would especially cook some extra bbq for us. He was a believer who believed through his questions- coming out strong in his faith. I will miss him and our whole church (Lake Murray Presbyterian) will too.