Stephen Patrick Nichols was born July 14th, 1948 in Oklahoma City and passed away May 2nd, 2021.
He graduated from Northwest Classen High School and Central State University with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. He began his banking career at First National Bank of Tulsa. He then went into business with his best friend Tom Dixon, forming Redco and All Titles of Oklahoma, in the title insurance business. Then purchasing and consolidated all three abstract certificates in Carter County in Ardmore, Oklahoma into Carter County Abstract as well as purchasing Executive Escrow. The two later founded Oklahoma Land Title Services (OLTS) in Ardmore, Oklahoma and TETRS in Denton, Texas, servicing the entire state of Texas and employing over 125 people in these companies. He was a man of his word, integrity, honor and always willing to give people a second chance. He loved to play pool and was an expert pool shooter by age 15 and challenging and beating some of the top ranked pool players and continued enjoy playing the rest of his life at home for leisure. But his true love was golf, playing every second he could with his son and buddies. He was an original, a gentleman and there are not many like him left.
He is preceded in death by his father J.R. Nichols, Mother June Smith, Brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Kris Nichols, brother John Nichols, and nephew Justin Nichols.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years Deborah Kay Nichols, his son and daughter-in-law that he was so proud of Patrick Carter Nichols and his wife Sharity Denise Nichols, brother-in-law and wife Jim and Barbara Walker, sister-in-law and husband Robin and Mark MacPhee. Nieces and nephews Jimmy and Erin Walker, Justin and Kristen Walker, Nancy and Blake Loveless, Erin and John Peters, Halie and Brett Hanson, Kindt Myers, Katie and Thomas Quinn, Cody and Joshua Swarney and Connor and Kori MacPhee, and fourteen great nieces and nephews.
Honorary Paul Bearers are Tom Dixon, Albert Smith, Tod Weder, Greg Kidd, Rodney Taylor and Jim Walker.
He leaves behind many friends and family he loved. There will be a private ceremony at his home in Oklahoma city with his ashes interned in the pond on the 17th hole at Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club along with all of the memories, and golf balls that went in that pond, from his decades of fun on the course.
In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Coletta Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.
He will be so badly missed and always remembered by his wife Debbie and son Carter, but know all is well and all will be well now that Poppy is free of pain and able to tee one up and pipe it down the middle like he always did.
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Coletta Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital
Oklahoma City OK