Reed E. Nichols

September 13, 1945 - March 16, 2022

Reed E. Nichols, 76, of Beaumont died Wednesday, March 16, 2022. He was born on September 13, 1945, in Beaumont, to Ellen Barton and Howard Grant Nichols. Reed was a United States Army Veteran who served during Vietnam.

Reed was a co-owner of Nichols Company for over fifty years. He loved fishing, traveling, cooking, and baking. Reed especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, Pop, and Big Shot.

Survivors include his wife of over thirty years, Jana Nichols of Beaumont; sons, Will Nichols and his wife, Kimberlee; and Jeff Wheeler and his wife, Emily, all of Beaumont; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Woodworth and her husband, Tom, of Happy Valley, Oregon; grandchildren, Duncan Nichols Russell and his wife, Anna; Madeline Nichols; John William Woodworth; Henry Reed Woodworth; Haddie Wheeler; and Sofie Wheeler; brothers, Howard Nichols, Jr. and his wife, Sally; Kenneth Nichols and his wife, Paula; and Allan Nichols, all of Beaumont; numerous extended family members; and many loving friends of Bill W.

Memorial contributions may be made to The H.O.W. Center, 2509 Cable Avenue, Beaumont 77703

A gathering of Mr. Nichols’ family and friends will begin at 4:00 p.m. with his memorial service to follow at 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2022, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, under the direction of Broussard’s, Beaumont.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • March 25, 2022
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Memorial Service

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • March 25, 2022
  • 6:00 pm

Comments (44)

    Reggie And Judy Rogers says:

    Judy and I have been very sick since 2000. Both with cancer – and several other serious diseases.
    We do regret not keeping up with our beloved friend Reed Nichols. Thank you for the many fishing hours – the service to others hours – the hours on our phone
    lifting each other up and the unconditional love that we shared. You are sorely missed – very sorely missed. God blessed many thru you sir
    Judy and Reggie Rogers

    Bill Sleeper says:

    So sorry to hear about Reed. I worked with he and Howard for 20 years and more. The Nichols family will be in our prayers.

    Carmel Geheb says:

    I remember Reed to be a sweet and kind man. I worked at Gibbons Reed was a regular at the store .always smiling. Prayers go out the Nichols family.

    Hussain and Kristin Fawaz says:

    What an honor it is to have known Mr. Reed Nichols. His personality could light up a room. We always enjoyed his company and were truly impressed by his kindness. Mr. Nichols had a joyful spirit and his smile lives on in his children. He left a legacy of love and we send our deepest condolences. We pray for comfort for his family.

    Steve and Denise Cherewaty says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends for the loss of Reed.

    We met Reed 33 years ago when we purchased a beautiful Nichols home with unique features in the Bellechase neighborhood.

    It saddens us to hear of his passing. We will forever be grateful for the many wonderful years we have lived in this home.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Steve and Denise Cherewaty

    Darrin & Missie Landry says:

    We are grateful for knowing such a sweet soul. Love & compassion to the whole family.

    Frank Adams says:

    When I think about Reed I think of the concept ofGratitude Reed was always happy with where he was in his life

    Sheila Sachitano says:

    So sorry for your loss .

    Joseph F. Fertitta says:

    so sorry to here this news. may you rest in peace my friend. many good times at the coldest night camp outs. and the two homes you built for me.


    I will never forget the advice and knowledge you shared with me. Still use those words today. I will always remember. May you RIP.

    Becky & Rodney Ames says:

    The Nichols family and my family go way back. Reed was one of the nicest/kind individuals that I have ever known. Reed will be missed by all that had the opportunity to know him.

    Becky joins me in expressing that our thoughts/prayers/condolences are with the family.

    Rodney Ames

    Carol Quist says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Reed was one of the sweetest, dearest, people I have ever known. He generously shared his great smiles and hugs, and had an amazing sense of humor! May light perpetual shine upon him.

    Debi Lingwall says:

    Nic and Sally, we had the pleasure of meeting Reed when he sold us our house on Bluebonnet! He was such a nice and caring man and he was so full of life, he had a great smile and happy attitude every time we ran into each other, he never forgot us and he would ask how we were doing. Our hearts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Allen and Debi Lingwall

    Brent Ainsworth says:

    Reed always had a kind and encouraging word for me. Like he was my cheerleader. A great example of the kind of man to emulate. Thank you Reed! See you at The Big Meeting!

    Joe Gray says:

    So sad for your loss Jana and family. I knew Reed for over 25 years and always looked forward to seeing him at Lake Brownwood each year. RIP

    Jonie Whiteley says:

    He was a good and fine man. How lucky I was to know him as I trudged the road of happy destiny.

    Candace LeMasters says:

    My family and I are heartbroken over Reed’s passing. His infectious smile and laughter brought a smile to all and will be remembered always. Our love and thoughts go out to our extended Nichols family.

    Terry Shipman says:

    To Reed’s family and the entire Nichols Family. I was so sadden to hear of Reed’s passing. It was always a joy to work with Reed and Howard and they always took it in stride when I called Reed Howard and Howard Reed. Reed, you are missed by many. RIP my friend.

    Ann Adams Broadway says:

    I was so saddened to hear of Reed’s death and am lifting the Nichols family up in prayer. Reed and I had known each other since elementary school. I will always remember how kind and friendly he was and how he greeted friends with that wonderful smile. He will be missed greatly.

    Howard & Pat Caywood says:

    Prayers for peace and strength for this wonderful family. God bless you all.

    Patrick Phelan says:

    A terrific friend- giving love and acceptance to all. A great example of kindness

    Mary Walden says:

    Eternal rest grant u to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.

    Jana, you and the entire family are in our prayers. We will always treasure our happy memories of Reed. He was a good man. Love you.

    Charles Skinner says:

    Reed I will dearly miss u. All the years I worked for u & the years after was truly my pleasure knowing u.

    Mike j McCray says:

    My son, Kenny, will drive me over from Houston Hobby. I will miss Reed terribly. From the second
    grade, we shared many happy times.

    Doug Horton says:

    My heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to all of the family.
    Reed was a wonderful and giving man, and I was honored to call him a friend.

    Rabbi koster says:

    Will attend if I mY

    Melissa pope says:

    What a good man… he had a lot of Words of wisdom for me 🙂 it will be missed by the community Eddie..

    Art armintor says:

    Reed and I go back a long time at the pleasure island boat marina his boat was docked next to mine we had some good times fishing and solving the worlds problem so sorry for your loss

    Mimi silverberg says:

    So sorry for your loss! He was such a kind good person! We from class’63 will miss him so much! My condolences to the family. Mimi silverberg cohen

    Pat Reed says:

    So sorry for your loss🙏

    Steve Rhodes says:

    To whoever reads this. I’m happy to have known and shared some time with Reed. I only knew him as a kind, loving, friend. He shared with and showed me example after example of how to use and live the principles of aa. I will miss him dearly. I hope you find what you need as you grieve.

    Sue Landry says:

    Jana and Family-I’m so sorry for your loss of Reed. He was such a good man. I’m lifting you all up in my prayers.

    Nancy Hale says:

    We have known Reed for many years. He was very kind, caring, and all around wonderful friend. He will be missed. Prayers for his family and many friends.
    Nancy and Bill Hale

    Lewise Hager Lucaire says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Reed’s passing and send heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Having grown up in Beaumont, I have fond memories of the Nichols family and Reed, who was good friends with my brother Fritz. Please know I’m thinking of you all through this hard time.

    Joseph Adreon says:

    Look at that smile!! We love you and will sure miss you Reed.

    T. Walden says:

    I am so grateful that Reed included me in his vast circle of friends. I’ll never forget his laughter. He had enough good-natured optimism for entire teams of men, and helped so many of us to consider bigger pictures. Jana, Will and all of the family: We are thinking of you fondly, knowing your loss is just incalculable. We remain here for you.

    Betty and Bill Richey says:

    I am very sorry for the entire Nichols family’s loss. Prayers for you Howard, Ken, Will and your families. You are all such a great family. I know you will miss your brother and father very much. Praying for comfort and peace for all of you.

    Jill Shell Thrash says:

    I am heartbroken for this immense loss to Reed’s family, friends, and the community. I worked for the Nichols Company in the early 80’s and it was a wonderful experience. I saw first hand what it means to have integrity. I admired and respected Reed. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Lauren Barrera says:

    Jana & Family I am so sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed his company, I hope and pray for peace and comfort for you Jana and family.

    Jimmie Jay Jackson says:

    Special Prayers and sympathy to Jana, Elizabeth, Will, and the Nichols family. Reed will be missed by so many. He was a special friend with a bigger than life personality. We became friends at Averill School Kindergarten 71 years ago. RIP, Reed!

    Christi Murphy says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Reed was one of the best bosses I ever had. My heart is hurting for Janna and the family. Praying for comfort and peace.

    Nelson says:

    Such a special person. One of the finest men I’ve ever met. RIP Mr Nichols you will be missed. Prayers for your family

    Dianne Duperier says:

    Sending prayers to all the family

    Wayne Brown says:

    May the Peace of The Lord be with you Reed, and with Jana . The Nichols family and children.
    Find us a good fishing hole I’ll see you on the other side one day.

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