Danny Joe Nichols

March 18, 1951 – May 17, 2022
ARDMORE, OK – Danny Joe Nichols went home to be with the Lord on May 17, 2022.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on May 21 at Southside Baptist Church in Bowie. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with lifelong friend and pastor, Mike Henson officiating.
Danny was born on March 18, 1951, in Bowie to Dean O. Nichols Sr. and Sophia Pauline Moser. He grew up in Bowie, where he attended Southside Baptist Church as a child.
He graduated from Bowie High School in 1969 and was recognized as a stellar athlete, lettering in football, basketball and track. Upon graduation he attended Howard Payne University on a football scholarship. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from North Texas University.
Danny’s career in petroleum engineering lasted for 42 years until his retirement from Schlumberger. After retiring, Danny fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling overseas, visiting England, Hungary, Jordan, Qatar, Malaysia, India, China, Japan, Australia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil in 32 days.
Prior to his passing, Danny lived in Ardmore, OK for more than 45 years where he made lifelong friends. In Danny’s spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing pool. He often traveled with a group to Las Vegas for their annual tournaments. He enjoyed exploring his property in New Mexico which often included panning for gold and metal detecting. Danny loved to read and was an avid book collector.
Danny will be remembered for sense of humor and his stories as well as his sense of adventure. He relished his friendships and was devoted to his family. It didn’t matter if he spoke with a friend daily or once in a decade; if they needed anything he would be there.
Danny is preceded in death by his parents, Dean O. Nichols Sr. and Sophia Pauline Moser and sister-in-law, Marita Wilson Nichols.
He is survived by his brothers, Dean O. “Don” Nichols and William Thomas Nichols; nieces, Lisa Nichols Lowrance and husband Michael and Lori Nichols Thomason and husband Andy; great niece, Sophia Rose Morros; nephew, Adam Thomason and friend Jan Burton as well as many other friends and extended family.
Arrangements entrusted to Craddock Funeral Home in Ardmore, OK.
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