Obituaries for Nov. 29, 2017

Dr. Charles T. Ellis

Dr. Charles T. Ellis, 92, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 due to congestive heart failure.

He was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

He was the grandson of O.M. Ellis and R.N. McWilliams, North Delta pioneers.

After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. After an honorable discharge in 1946,  he attended and graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree and later the University of Florida with a master’s degree. He went on to receive a medical degree from the University of Miami Medical School.

After completing pediatrics and anesthesiology programs with Variety Children’s Hospital and South Baptist Hospital in South Miami, Florida, he worked as a physician for many years and also served as chief of anesthesia departments on two occasions.

He retired in Florida and North Carolina in 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Caroline Ellis; daughters, Suzanne and Sandra (from a previous marriage); and grandchild, Julie Conway.

Burial will be in the family plot in Clarksdale, Mississippi.


Ralph Marvin William Nichols

Ralph Marvin William Nichols, 90, a well-respected, longtime member of the Cashiers community, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville, after a brief illness.

Mr. Nichols came to Cashiers in 1980 upon purchasing Cashiers Exxon. He played an iconic role in the development and overall prosperity of the community by helping to bring the first traffic light to the crossroads as well as lobbying county commissioners for the procurement of the current TWSA sewer system. Mr. Nichols donated the land to the federal government on which the Cashiers Post Office was built.

However, his most beloved endeavors included mentoring and assisting people in the community without fanfare or recognition.

Mr. Nichols is survived by three sons, Ralph Marvin William (Bill) Nichols Jr. of Cashiers, Robert Reed Nichols (Mimi) of Las Delicias, Costa Rica, and James Gill Nichols (Piya) of Cashiers. His grandchildren include Misty Nichols Brewster (Travis) of Summerville, South Carolina, Brian Thomas Nichols of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Stephanie Sirena Nichols of Cashiers, Jordan Daniel Nichols of Cashiers, Gemma Domingo Nichols of Las Delicias, Costa Rica and Ty William Nichols of Cashiers.

His great-grandchildren include Ethan Thomas Nichols of Jacksonville, Florida and Cody James Brewster of Summerville, South Carolina.

He is also survived by his brother, Col. Dr. Wharton A. Nichols of Tucson, Arizona.

The community is invited to join the family in celebration of Mr. Nichols life on Saturday, Dec. 2. Fellowship with the family will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a service at 2 p.m. at Cashiers United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department and the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad.

Crossroads Chronicle

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1040
94 U.S. Highway 64 West, Suite 1 (Shoppes on the Green)
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: 828-743-5101
Fax: 828-743-4173