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Floyd Nicholson Jr.

January 17, 1927March 22, 2021
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Floyd Nicholson Jr, 94, passed away March 22, 2021. He was born in Beaumont, Texas on January 17,1927 to the late Myrtle and Floyd Nicholson, Sr. Floyd grew up in Goliad, starting his formal musical career in 4th grade with lessons on his Sears & Roebuck cornet. His first “gig” was with a dance orchestra at the age of 12 at Weesatche Hall. He later joined the Goliad High School and Dance Bands. Floyd entered the Navy immediately after graduation with cornet in hand. He served as a ship’s cook on multiple LSTs in the South Pacific. While stationed in New Caledonia, he played for a memorable celebration at the Officers’ Club on V-J Day. After honorable discharge in 1946, he studied music and played in dance bands at Victoria College. There he met his future wife, Evelyn, in the band hall. Floyd earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education at North Texas State and Southwest Texas State University. Floyd married Evelyn Joyce Friedrichs, the only child of Gene and Libbie (Williams) Friedrichs on September 12, 1950, prior to his last semester at North Texas. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2020. Also known as “Nick”, Floyd began his career as a band director, teaching beginners through seniors, at Ganado High School then Nordheim High School. Later, he was band director at Patti Welder Intermediate School in Victoria, and then taught 6th grade Social Studies there. To further support his growing family, he played trumpet and string bass in numerous dance and polka bands on weekends, including the Patrick Veit Orchestra, the Les Blume Orchestra, Fritz and Hermann Combo, the KNAL Big Band of Victoria, and Lee Roy Matocha Orchestra. He was not only a performer, but also a music arranger for some bands, and the composer of the original Victoria High School alma mater music. He retired from VISD in 1979. An avid stamp collector all his life, Floyd owned a stamp shop for several years. He loved woodworking, crossword puzzles, family camping trips, and learning about family history. He was an accomplished organic vegetable gardener with a special talent for composting and growing tomatoes. He played trumpet for musical productions, the Victoria Symphony, and the Victoria Community Band. Floyd was a lifetime member of the Victoria Masonic Lodge, and a longtime faithful member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church where he played trumpet in the Praise Ensemble and sang in the choir. He also taught Sunday School and was on the church council. Floyd is survived by Evelyn Joyce, his loving wife of 70 years; Children: Gordon Nicholson(Jo), Cathy Otto(Ken), Deb Stutsman(Bill), Cheryl Radney(Mark), Michelle Meharg(Paul), Chris Nicholson; Grandchildren: Casey(Staci), Libbie, Jason, Eric, Rachel(Adam), Hannah(Tyler), Adam, David, Matthew; Great-grandchildren: Dylan, Conner, Lorelei, Marshall, Amelia, Jane. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings and son, David Paul. Visitation will be Friday, March 26, 2021 from 9-10 AM at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church with a funeral service at 10 AM. (mask required) Burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers are grandsons, Casey Nicholson, Eric Otto, Jason Otto, David Radney, Matthew Radney and Adam Stutsman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. 4102 Ben Jordan St. Victoria, Texas 77901 Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Evelyn Joyce Nicholson, Wife of 70 Years
  • Gordon Nicholson and wife Jo, Son
  • CathyOtto and husband Ken, Daughter
  • Deb Stutsman and husband Bill, Daughter
  • Cheryl Radney and husband Mark, Daughter
  • Michelle Meharg and husband Paul, Daughter
  • Chris Nicholson, Son
  • Floyd Nicholson Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Myrtle Nicholson, Mother (deceased)
  • David Paul Nicholson, Son (deceased)
  • Floyd also leaves behind his grandchildren: Casey(Staci), Libbie, Jason, Eric, Rachel(Adam), Hannah(Tyler), Adam, David, Matthew; Great-grandchildren: Dylan, Conner, Lorelei, Marshall, Amelia, Jane.Ken), Deb Stutsman(Bill), Cheryl Radney(Mark), Michelle Meharg(Paul), Chris Nicholson to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Casey Nicholson
  • Eric Otto
  • Jason Otto
  • David Radney
  • Matthew Radney
  • Adam Stutsman

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021

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  • Burial

    Friday, March 26, 2021

Memories

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David Lopez

March 29, 2021

I'm proud to have had him as my band director and teacher at Patti Welder. I have fond memories of him and enjoyed visiting with him when he came to camp at Lake Texana S.P.

Michael Stubbs

March 29, 2021

Mr. Nicholson introduced my sister and I to the french horn at Patti Welder Intermediate back in the ‘60s. He played an important role in my life by influencing my lifelong love of music. Both of my daughters went on to play the french horn, one becoming drum major and a state solo 1st division winner. I cannot say enough about how one person can direct a persons path in life and how Mr. Nicholson’s family should be so proud of the impact he’s had on so many. My mother and father have fond memories of dancing to the music he and the many band he played with over the years. He was truly an icon who left his mark and influence on many a life. I’d like to thank his family for sharing him with us for as many years as he had.
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Rudy Garcia

March 27, 2021

Mr. Nicholson was one of the reasons I stayed with the trumpet all these years. I still remember him playing the Shadow of Your Smile in the band room(first time I had heard it) His beautiful playing was nothing compared to the welcoming, kindhearted, patient man that he was. Especially in a time when Mexican kids like myself back then received very little positive input, if any from teachers. He was very beloved by the kids in the class and highly respected for his patience with us. When I was in High School, he was really surprised to see and hear me playing the Shadow of Your Smile at the Continental Inn back then. He was very impressed with me and I will always remember that. My heart goes out to his family, you were blessed to have such a man in your lives.

Dr. Larry Garcia, Ph.D.

March 27, 2021

TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF FLOYD NICHOLSON:
IN THE LATE 1950s AS A STUDENT AT TEXAS STATE, I PLAYED WITH THE WINKLER ORCHESTRA FROM SCHULENBURG, TX. ON ONE JOB, I DROVE FROM PORT LAVACA AND PICKED UP FLOYD IN VICTORIA DRIVING IN FROM GOLIAD, AND HE AND I DROVE TO THE DANCE JOB. AS YOU KNOW, FLOYD WAS AN EXCELLENT TRUMPET PLAYER, AND I ENJOYED PLAYING WITH HIM IN THE GROUP.
ON THE WAY BACK, THE MANIFOLD CRACKED IN MY '57 FORD, AND WE HAD TO DRIVE BACK TO VICTORIA IN THE FREEZING WEATHER WITH THE WINDOWS ROLLED DOWN TO PREVENT BEING OVERWHELMED BY THE EXHAUST FUMES. WE LAUGHED ALL THE WAY BACK ON THE 2+ HOUR RETURN DRIVE TO VICTORIA.
LIVING IN SAN ANTONIO AND AUSTIN, I DID NOT KNOW THAT FLOYD WAS LIVING IN VICTORIA. AS YOU CAN SEE, I HAVE SOME FOND MEMORIES OF FLOYD, HE WAS A VERY NICE, TALENTED MAN, AND ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE WHO KNEW FLOYD BACK IN THE 50s, I WANT TO EXTEND MY SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO FLOYD'S FAMILY MEMBERS.
DR. LARRY GARCIA, PH.D.
PROFESSOR, FULL TIME LECTURER
TEXAS A&M-SAN ANTONIO (RET)

REGIONAL DIRECTOR
TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY (RET.)

Bill and Nancy Hogan

March 26, 2021

Prayers for the family as you go through this difficult time. I know Mr Nicholson has found sweet peace and rest in his heavenly home . May your memories give you comfort.

Lisa Jenkins

March 24, 2021

Mr. Nicholson has been a friend and neighbor for years. I always loved his funny sense of humor. He was always first to be at the neighborhood watch meetings. A great gardener! And one of the sweetest men I’ve known. Will miss him greatly. Prayers to the family. 🙏🏻

Ed Lehnert

March 24, 2021

Many good memories of Mr. Nicholson, particularly with the Rusty Steins. He was such a talented musician even in his 90's. A gentleman in all respects of the word. I have a cousin who was a band student of Floyds at Ganado in the early 50's. I will pass this on. She is in her mid 80's.

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Biography

Floyd Nicholson Jr, 94, passed away March 22, 2021. He was born in Beaumont, Texas on January 17,1927 to the late Myrtle and Floyd Nicholson, Sr.
Floyd grew up in Goliad, starting his formal musical career in 4th grade with lessons on his Sears & Roebuck cornet. His first “gig” was with a dance orchestra at the age of 12 at Weesatche Hall. He later joined the Goliad High School and Dance Bands. Floyd entered the Navy immediately after graduation with cornet in hand. He served as a ship’s cook on multiple LSTs in the South Pacific. While stationed in New Caledonia, he played for a memorable celebration at the Officers’ Club on V-J Day. After honorable discharge in 1946, he studied music and played in dance bands at Victoria College. There he met his future wife, Evelyn, in the band hall. Floyd earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education at North Texas State and Southwest Texas State University.
Floyd married Evelyn Joyce Friedrichs, the only child of Gene and Libbie (Williams) Friedrichs on September 12, 1950, prior to his last semester at North Texas. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2020.
Also known as “Nick”, Floyd began his career as a band director, teaching beginners through seniors, at Ganado High School then Nordheim High School. Later, he was band director at Patti Welder Intermediate School in Victoria, and then taught 6th grade Social Studies there. To further support his growing family, he played trumpet and string bass in numerous dance and polka bands on weekends, including the Patrick Veit Orchestra, the Les Blume Orchestra, Fritz and Hermann Combo, the KNAL Big Band of Victoria, and Lee Roy Matocha Orchestra. He was not only a performer, but also a music arranger for some bands, and the composer of the original Victoria High School alma mater music. He retired from VISD in 1979.
An avid stamp collector all his life, Floyd owned a stamp shop for several years. He loved woodworking, crossword puzzles, family camping trips, and learning about family history. He was an accomplished organic vegetable gardener with a special talent for composting and growing tomatoes. He played trumpet for musical productions, the Victoria Symphony, and the Victoria Community Band. Floyd was a lifetime member of the Victoria Masonic Lodge, and a longtime faithful member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church where he played trumpet in the Praise Ensemble and sang in the choir. He also taught Sunday School and was on the church council.
Floyd is survived by Evelyn Joyce, his loving wife of 70 years; Children: Gordon Nicholson(Jo), Cathy Otto(Ken), Deb Stutsman(Bill), Cheryl Radney(Mark), Michelle Meharg(Paul), Chris Nicholson; Grandchildren: Casey(Staci), Libbie, Jason, Eric, Rachel(Adam), Hannah(Tyler), Adam, David, Matthew; Great-grandchildren: Dylan, Conner, Lorelei, Marshall, Amelia, Jane.
He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings and son, David Paul.
Visitation will be Friday, March 26, 2021 from 9-10 AM at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church with a funeral service at 10 AM. (mask required) Burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers are grandsons, Casey Nicholson, Eric Otto, Jason Otto, David Radney, Matthew Radney and Adam Stutsman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
4102 Ben Jordan St. Victoria, Texas 77901
Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.