Lancy C. Nichols, 85 of Canadian was born on March 20, 1931 in Okay, OK to William Frank Nichols and Pearl Henry Nichols and passed away suddenly on December 18, 2016.
Lance graduated from Okay High School, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Central State University in Edmond, a Masters in Science from Wichita State and a PhD from Kansas State University in School Law and Negotiation.
Lance always wanted to be a teacher and in 1958 began his teaching career at Belpre, KS teaching Chemistry and Physics, the two subjects he enjoyed teaching the most. Throughout his teaching career he coached basketball at every school he taught leading many to championships. His teaching career led him to the Administrative route and he became Principal and Superintendent of Schools until his retirement in 1988.
Lance had many so many interests. He loved hunting and fishing and was an excellent marksman. He loved sports especially basketball since playing in high school and junior college and coaching and cheering on his favorite college teams and the Thunder.
After retirement he built his home in Eufaula to pursue his passion for golf which he enjoyed with his wife Charlene for many years.
His greatest joy was time spent with family and friends. He loved to tell stories. He always had a joke to tell, made people laugh and entertained all wherever he might be.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed so much.
Lance was preceded in death by his parents, his son Ray, brothers Nick, Franklin, and Glen Milsap, and sisters Alma Sullivan, Emma Whitely, Pansey Sullivan, Sabey Webb, Geralda Wilson, Mayola Austin and Sybil Nichols.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Charlene Vanzant Nichols of the home, his daughter Margie Carlton and son in law Jerry of Muskogee, grandsons Jason Torix of Broken Arrow, Nicholas Carlton and wife Beth of Katy TX, Chad Carlton and wife Shelly of Muskogee. Six great grandchildren, Torin Torix, Trace Torix , Tatum Torix, Connor Fields, Nicolette Carlton, and Jonathon Frazier, brother Wylie Duke Nichols. Sister Jean Faucett and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St Jude's Children's Hospital. A celebration of Lance's life will be held on January 7, 2017 at 2pm at Group Camp at Arrowhead State Park.
Published on December 22, 2016