Elizabeth Ann Nicks

May 11, 1943April 2, 2021

Elizabeth Ann Nicks was born in Ennis, Texas on May 11, 1943 and died in Nashville, Tennessee on April 2, 2021. Ann has gone to be with her Savior Jesus Christ after a twenty-one-year battle with multiple sclerosis. She was preceded in death by her parents Shirley and Oleta Simpson, brother Don Simpson, and grandson Austin Nicks.

She is survived by her sister Lou Vavra, her children Kimberly Mounce (John), Kelly Westman (Dan), Beverly James (GB), and Matthew Nicks; her grandchildren Natalie Mounce, Alek Wegmann, Reilly Brynildsen, Mackenzie Wegmann, Cole Wegmann, Abbey Wegmann, Cody James, Michael James, Tyler Nicks, and Kalli Haney; ten greatgrandchildren and her husband, the love of her life, Dr. Roy S. Nicks. A passionate educator, Ann held an undergraduate degree from North Texas State University and a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University. She taught in the Texas public school system and served as a teacher and Dean of Executive Secretarial School in Dallas. As Dean, she acted as a liaison between students and faculty with the Dallas business community. She loved working with women in transition. From 1992 to 1997, she served as First Lady of East Tennessee State University. In that capacity, she hosted countless events at Shellbridge, for students, faculty, contributors, community leaders and many others. In 2010, the University honored her as Outstanding Alumna.

As a Christian, Ann lived out her faith by following the greatest commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is Love your neighbor as yourself. She started every day in prayer, reading Scripture, and Bible study was a lifelong pursuit for her. Ann had a special way of showing her love for family and friends. She would send a card with a note of encouragement or a newspaper article of interest or the occasional tough love letter that needed to be written. Ann loved to entertain family and friends in her home and always went out of her way to make them feel welcome. Countless hours were spent drinking coffee, playing cards, and being together. Her love of family was evident to all.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning on Saturday April 24, 2021 with a gathering of family and friends, to be held one hour prior, at Hermitage United Methodist Church, 205 Belinda Dr., Hermitage, TN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hermitage United Methodist Church or to the Roy & Ann Nicks Honors Scholarship Endowment at East Tennessee State University. Please take a moment to offer condolences or share a memory by visiting,


24 April

A Gathering of Family & Friends

10:00 am - 11:00 am


24 April

A Celebration of Life Service

11:00 am

Hermitage United Methodist Church

205 Belinda Dr.
Hermitage, TN 37076


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Robert Plummer

April 12, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Nicks and the entire family. Ann brought a positive light everywhere she went in her life and impacted many in Johnson City and at East Tennessee State University as First Lady even more. Her grace and manor brought her our respect and appreciation in her representation of the ETSU Family which welcomed her with open arms. Her time as a student was a remarkable feat. She blended in and never sought notice while learning the place so more. Earning the Outstanding Alumni award was a gesture of admiration and appreciation for her. God Speed Ann Nicks. We thank you!