Robert Nichols

July 30, 1942May 13, 2012

Robert Lee “Bob” Nichols of Odessa passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012, in Lubbock, Texas just two months shy of his 70th birthday. Bob had lived the previous two years at Southern Specialties Rehab and Nursing Center in Lubbock where he battled a long illness. Bob, also known as “Sonny,” to his family, was born July 30, 1942 in rural Oklahoma. He attended school in Odessa, TX and Louisiana. After high-school graduation, he enlisted in the Navy where he served honorably as an aerial photographer. After his discharge from the Navy, Bob continued his flying as a professional pilot. Bob was an instrument and multi-engine rated pilot, qualified to fly many types of aircraft. He worked for many years serving Area Builders, Clyde Construction, NDT Systems, and was a member of the QBs. After his flying career ended, Bob continued working, first for MHMR and later for First American Home Buyers Protection. Bob retired in 2007, and relished the opportunity to take on his biggest and best project of all; just being Paw Paw to his two grandchildren, Patrick and Kaylee. Patrick and Kaylee were the loves of his life. Nothing gave him more pleasure than watching Patrick play football and Kaylee dance and cheer. He rarely missed a game or recital. You could always find him in the front row of any event with his camera in hand; ready to capture the action and their smiles. Bob had a true passion for photography that started from his early years in the service. He took many amazing and beautiful photographs all over the world, but his favorite photos were those he took close to home of family and friends. Other passions included Dallas Cowboy football, computers, and playing poker with friends. Survivors include his wife, Naomi Nichols; daughter and son-in-law Shelia and Rick Pippins; grandchildren, Patrick and Kaylee Pippins; all of Odessa, one sister, Joan Maliden and husband Tonky of Foxworth, Mississippi and several nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Robert Nichols and Betty Jo Brougher; two brothers, Bryon (Butch) Nichols of Cleburn, Texas and Perry Brougher, of Denver, Colorado. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 4:00 PM, at Crossroads Fellowship Church, Hwy 191 and Faudree Road, in Odessa.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 24, 2012

Robert Nichols

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Jesse & Olivia Dominguez

May 28, 2012

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to you and your family Naomi. Our prayers are with you and your family.

May 21, 2012

My sincere and deepest condolences to the Nichols family who have lost their loved one. My prayer are with the family.

Carmen Attaway

April Wheeler

May 21, 2012

I was very saddened to hear Bob has passed away. He was a great boss to me at MHMR. The best supervisor I ever had. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family at this time. Thank you. April Wheeler

Brenda McHaney

May 21, 2012

Dearest Naomi & Shelia:
There are not words to express my heart felt sympathy for those of you who are left, I hope to see you soon, I'm not sure if you still live in the same place, but I'll find out.. We are in the Odessa Phone book.
Love & Prayers to you BOTH
Jerrell & Brenda McHaney

Rhonda McLean

May 21, 2012

Was very sadden to hear of Bob's passing he was an awesome boss as well as friend while at MHMR .To the Nichols family my thoughts and prayers go out too you may God comfort you in your time of sorrow