Billy Nicholson

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Billy Nicholson A.K.A Pecos Bill was born in Chicago, Illinois in November 14,1949 to the late Edward Nicholson and Garris Bennett. His family moved to Columbus, Ohio when he was 13 years old. He attended Franklin junior high school and Columbus East High School where he graduated in 1969.

Billy retired from John Glenn Airport (formerly known as Port Columbus). After retirement, his love for children and helping his community led him to seek further employment for Columbus Recreation and Parks Department where he worked for 7 years.

Billy preceded in death by his father; Edward Nicholson, brother; David Nicholson; son Turhan
Hale, and Ex Wife Deborah Nicholson Williams.

Billy was a devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, and he adored his family. His smile was infectious, and his outgoing spirit was contagious. He went out of his way to ensure everyone
around him was having a good day while staying positive. He inspired those around him to the
best version of themselves. To know him was to love him.

He leaves to cherish his memory (mother) Garris Bennett (daughters), Tia Hale James (Charles)
and Desiree Nicholson Elder (Darold Sr.), (sister) Alfreda Nicholson; (nephew) Donald Nicholson,
and (niece) Tia Bowman (Grandchildren) Roderick Hale, Chaz James, Jordan Clark, Teneeyah Hale, Darold Elder Jr., Nasir Elder, and Myah Elder, (Great grandchildren) Maleya James, Rylie Hale, Tacorie Hale, and Makhi Savage. And a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday, December 9, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.).


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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss he was a great man great friend taught me a whole lot dearly appreciate having someone in my life like him RIH MY BROTHER AND DEAR FRIEND ❤️

  2. Robert C Pounds Jr

    My Condolences To The Family

  3. Pastor Curtis E. Calloway, M.A.

    You all have my deepest sympathy and condolences during this most difficult time. I went to visit him @ OSU James C. C. on the 20th, and I prayed with him, some tears ran from his eyes. I have looked up to and known Billy for over 50 years. I am praying for your entire family!

  4. My prayers are with you all at all times,PEACE!

  5. My sincerest sympathy. Worked with him for years at the airport. He was always kind to me.

  6. Rest in peace, Billy.
    To the family, I am so sorry for your loss.
    We attended EHS together.

  7. Thoughts n Prayers going out to Billy’s family. Billy was a high school classmate, was always so cool, with his quiet smile. Billy could shoot that ball n a smooth ball handler. I know he will be missed, rest easy “Pistol”.

  8. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please let us share our heartfelt condolences. May God comfort you through his word the Bible and the gift of prayer. Thinking of you all.

  9. So very sorry for your loss. I remember him as a friendly and happy person. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Tamekka Richberg

    Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Billy Nicholson May GOD continue to Bless and Comfort you .

  11. My condolrnces and prayers go out to the family and friends of Billy. I will miss him so much… we been friends since Franklin Jr High.

  12. Jeanetta Armistead

    Dear family I’m so sorry for the loss of Uncle Billy he was such a loving and caring person I will never forget him even the very last time I seen him it wasn’t nothing but fun we laughed about things he remembered as I was a teenager he told me I knew you would be something special Thanks Uncle Billy RIH much love ❤️

  13. Crystal & Gene Hughey

    Sending prayers of grace, peace, and love to cover Donald Nicholson and the extended family. Donald – we’re thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember your Uncle.

  14. My Sincere Condolences and prayers to you Desiree and your entire family. I just shake my head in disbelief because that’s how it feels to me. Billy was my “hangout buddy”, loved to dance, laugh and just have fun living and enjoying life. I will miss you my friend and will see you on the other side. Until then, Rest in Peace…

  15. My condolences to the entire nicholson family. Nothing but fond memories of billy, especially on the basketball court, billy was a good dude, so cool.. I enjoyed my time around him. RIP pecos. Larry Benton (bimbo)

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the family. I hope your happy memories will help you through this very difficult time.

  17. My Condolences To The Family

  18. wendell Hancock

    There are some people in life that leave a lasting impression; Billy was one of those people. I first met Billy on the basketball court in the early eighties. At one time, we played basketball together three or four times a week. As a result, we developed a friendship that stood the test of time. He always impressed me with direct honesty. And boy could he shoot a basketball. I envied the way he was able to maintain his running, even later in life. With his beautiful smile, he was always the gentleman!

    To his family, I wish my most sincere condolences for your loss.
    I also feel as if I have lost a family member. May God’s love help you during the grieving period.

  19. To his family. My condolences go out to each and everyone of you. Surely he will be missed. I knew him from our high school days at Columbus East High. Graduated with him. Class of 1969. What I remember the most about Billy Nick was that he was a stand up guy.

  20. I’m so heartbroken to hear about your loss.Praying that God’s love enfolds you and comforts you through these hard times. Love Rick and Robin Jones


  22. I remember watching him play basketball, and I would say to myself, this guy is really. He always had something positive to say, and was so well respected. May peace be with you Mr. Billy Nicolson.

  23. Heartfelt Thoughts and Prayers to The Family! Rest in Paradise! He will be missed!

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