Oliver Benjamin Nichols Jr. (Bud)

Oliver Benjamin Nichols Jr. (Bud), 80, of Big Spring, Texas died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 24, 2014, at the First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Calvary Callender and the Rev. James Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.Bud was born to Oliver and Myrta Nichols Sr. on Jan. 25, 1934, in Big Spring. He graduated from Knott High School and then attended Howard Junior College. He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957 and was stationed in Germany during this time. He had been affiliated with the Elbow community since 1960. He married Edna Harrell in 1956 and later married Lisa Nichols in 1981. Oliver was a lifetime cotton farmer and owned Nichols Trucking Company. He served on the Howard County Farm Bureau Board and also served on the Forsan ISD Board for eight years, four years as president.Survivors include five children, Marcia Goza and husband, Micah of Liberty Hill, Texas, CharitiXan Nichols of Big Spring, Melissa Munden and husband, Cody of San Angelo, Texas, Weldon Nichols of Big Spring and Trey Nichols of Austin, Texas; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three brothers; one sister.He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Billy Nichols.The family suggest memorials be made to the ALS Association.Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com