Sara Kay Nicholson

April 20, 1931October 17, 2021

COLUMBIA - Sara Elizabeth Kay “Buddie” Nicholson, a native of Fair Play and a longtime resident of Columbia and Chapin passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at the age of 90. She was the only child of Murray and Kate D. Kay of Fair Play who preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Chapin Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Nicholson will be laid to rest by her devoted husband, the late James Robert Nicholson, Jr., in Bush River Memorial Gardens. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family.

Born and reared on the family farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Buddie left home at age 16 to attend Winthrop University in Rock Hill. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Home Economics in 1952 and became a Home Demonstration Agent in Anderson County. She and her husband were the first husband and wife team to work for the USDA on the Rural Development Program in Bamberg County. She later taught school at Townville, Clio and Seven Oaks Elementary in Lexington District Five until her retirement.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Kay Nicholson and a son, James Robert Nicholson, III (Katie) and three step-grandchildren, Jessica, John, Derek and Madeline.

Memorials may be made to Chapin Presbyterian Church, 600 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin, South Carolina 29036


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021


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Anna Beaty Baughman

October 29, 2021

I was so sad to hear of Mrs. Nicholson’s passing. She was my second grade teacher at Seven Oaks Elementary school, and as my own children know all too well, my all-time favorite teacher. I would run into Mrs. Nicholson from time to time, and on each occasion, she would greet me with a “sweet Anna.” I often would hear her voice echo throughout my life, reminding me to be sweet and kind. If today’s second graders could be so lucky to have a “Mrs. Nicholson” hug them, genuinely show love and affection to them and gently but firmly encourage them, the world would be a much better place. Thank you Mrs. Nicholson and family for helping mold me and in turn mold my own children. She is forever a wonderful and cherished memory.

Anna Beaty Baughman
Seven Oaks Elementary Graduate
1987 Irmo High School Graduate

Janet Edmonds

October 22, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family, May the family receive much comfort as you pour out your hearts to God in prayer along with the prayers of many others. Psalms 102:1

Gail Widner

October 20, 2021

Mrs. Nicholson. Wow. One of the most favorites from Seven Oaks Elementary. One of the coolest, nicest, and funniest people I've ever known. My Dad, George Widner, and my sister, Gretchen, used to always celebrate the days when Sara would be coming to the office. They adored her. I can see her amazing, warm, mischievous eyes dancing with laughter. What a fabulous person, and what a loss for all of us. We can hope to have her grace, humor, and warmth. Prayers for the family and friends, with my love. Gail Widner