Nyle Wilson Nicholas, 79 - Dunbar

Nyle Wilson Nicholas, 79, of Dunbar passed away on Feb. 28, 2008, at home, surrounded by his family.

Nyle was preceded in death by his parents, Hope Wilson Nicholas and Denver B. Nicholas of Grantsville; his daughter, Karen Nicholas Fisher; and his great-grandson, Jacob Wade Nicholas.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Doris R. Nicholas. Also, he is survived by his daughter, Linda Nicholas Smyser and her husband, Michael, of Reston, Va.; sons, Stephen Nyle Nicholas of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jeffrey Kyle Nicholas and his wife, Brenda, of St. Albans. Nyle had 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and a very special girl, Breanna, all of whom were the "lights of his life."

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dunbar and was past master of the O'Dell Lodge 115 AF&AM, Grand Lodge of West Virginia. Nyle retired from Liquid Transport in Charleston and attended schools in Grantsville and Glenville State College. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, spent nine months in the Naval Hospital in Dublin, Ga., and served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Midway and the USS Coral Sea.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday, March 1, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Thomas E. Stevens officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Calhoun County.

The family will receive friends at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, one hour prior to the service Saturday.

The family gratefully acknowledges the physicians at Dunbar Medical Associates, the Thomas Home Health Services nurses, and the caring staff of Right at Home and HospiceCare. The family also appreciates the comfort and consolation of friends and Pastor Tom of the First Baptist Church of Dunbar during Nyle's long valiant struggle with Alzheimer's.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to HospiceCare, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064 or www.hospicecarewv.org.