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Garland Nichols of Amarillo


Garland Dewayne Nichols, 66, of Amarillo, died February 20, 2014.

Garland Nichols

Garland Nichols

A private family burial was held at 2 p.m., Saturday Feb. 22 at Riverside Cemetery in Byers. A Memorial Service will be at  2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at the First Baptist Church of Garland in the main sanctuary. The family will receive guests at 1 p.m. in the church parlor. 

Mr. Nichols was born April 24, 1947 in Wichita Falls to Ruby and Luther Nichols. He grew up in Byers and attended Dallas Baptist University where he played basketball. He finished his studies and received a master’s degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. He married Sheryl Duke in Booker in 1972. He Nichols was a member of First Baptist Church of Garland. 

Mr. Nichols was passionate about basketball and spent most of his life coaching. He was head coach at Petrolia High School from 1968-1977 and took the team to the State Tournament in 1973 and 1974. Coach Nichols spent 1977-1980 at Rush Springs High School in Oklahoma. He then coached at Pampa High School and also went to the State Championship tournament in 1982. Next, he coached at South Garland High School from 1986 – 2009. Along with coaching he was Assistant Athletic Director for Garland Independent School District from 2003-2005. Coach Nichols served as President of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. He was recognized at the Texas State Tournament for reaching the milestone of 957 Career Wins. 

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Luther and Ruby Nichols; his fathers-in-law, C.T. Duke and Bob Urban; and a daughter, Brooke Nichols.

Survivors include his wife, Sheryl Nichols of Amarillo; a son, Coby Nichols; two brothers, Lonnie Nichols and Greg Nichols and their families. 

Memorials can be made to the Brooke Nichols Scholarship Fund at Texas Tech University, College of Human Sciences Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Box 41162 Lubbock, Texas 79409; or the Brooke Nichols Memorial Scholarship Fund (South Garland), 1105 Quail Hollow Dr., Garland, Texas 75043.


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