Thursday, April 3, 2008

Papa Nicholson, 1918 - 2008

My grandfather, George Schumpert Nicholson Sr., passed away today. He was 90 years old and had a heart condition for years, but it still took me by surprise. In many ways it was a blessing that he passed quickly, without pain and suffering, and with my Dad at his side.

He got up this morning, did some chores on his farm and began having heart pains. My Dad was waiting at the hospital when the ambulance arrived. He had held on long enough to have one last farewell, before crossing over to his Eternal reward.

Papa has had a tremendous impact on my life and the lives of everyone in my family and most of the people in his community. Below is an excerpt from his obituary, which I've been typing tonight. I love my Papa and will miss him very much.

George Schumpert Nicholson, age 90, died April 3, 2008. ... Mr. Nicholson was born January 15, 1918, in Saluda, SC. He grew up in the Hollywood community and was a lifelong resident of Saluda County. He was a son of Urban Clark and Julia Coleman Nicholson. He was married to Lois Hooker Nicholson. He was a member and president of the Saluda Lions Club, a charter member of the Hollywood Ruritan Club, a member of the Saluda County Cattlemen's Association, and American Legion Post #65 commander. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 44th Infantry Division of U.S. Army in the European Theater and a recipient of the Bronze Star for distinguished military service. He was retired from the United States Postal Service after serving for 42 years as a rural letter carrier, assistant postmaster, and postmaster. In his retirement, he farmed and raised cattle on his family farm, which he loved.

Easter 2008