Betty Greene Nichols, 89, of Loudon, passed away peacefully Monday, March 23, 2020, at Tennova Turkey Creek in Knoxville from complications of Lewy Body Dementia.
Born Aug. 3, 1930, in Insull, Ky., Betty moved to the Knoxville area and later retired in Loudon. She was a member of Cumberland Baptist Church in Knoxville and also attended Valley View Free Will Baptist Church in Loudon.
Betty was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Black Star High School in Alva, Ky., a graduate of Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky., and graduated summa cum laude of Union College in Barbourville, Ky. She enjoyed a wonderful career as an elementary teacher in both Kentucky and Tennessee. Her students remember her fondly as a sweet, kind and loving educator. After retiring from education, she became founder and president of Greene Military and Outdoor Gear, a mail-order and retail store located in Knoxville. After many successful years of serving the local first responder community she retired to Loudon.
Betty was a devoted wife, loving mother and doting grandmother. She was dearly loved and will be forever missed. A special thank you to the ICU staff at Tennova. A heartfelt thank you to all the staff who lovingly cared for her at Lakewood Place Assisted Living in Loudon.
She was preceded her in death by her husband of 56 years, John Donald “Don” Nichols Sr.; their sons, John Donald Nichols II and infant John Donald Nichols Jr.; parents, Rosa Hensley and Clint Greene; and sister, Lula Castle.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Nichols Bradshaw and husband, Buddy, of Loudon; grandchildren, John Nichols III of Knoxville, Ashley Buscemi and husband, Justin, of Lenoir City and Delan Bradshaw and Dane Bradshaw of Loudon; great-grandson, John Preston Nichols; sister, Inez Jones of Knoxville; sister-in-law, Martha Lang of Lookout Mountain; several close nieces and nephews; and close friends, Rollen and Loretta Bradshaw.
Contributions can be made in memory of Mrs. Nichols to Lewy Body Dementia Association Inc., www.lbda.org/donate.
McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Highway 72 N., Loudon, is in charge of arrangements. www.mcgillclick.com