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Charles Thomas Nicholson

June 27, 1930 — November 1, 2018

Charles Thomas “Sonny” Nicholson, age 88, of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday November 1, 2018 in a local healthcare facility. Sonny was a Korean War veteran.  He was the owner and operator of Nicholson Tractor for many years; he then worked for Whitmire Reality.   He was a member of the Benton Lodge.  He was of the Baptist faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents Charles Bascom Nicholson and Nora Bates Nicholson; step mother Ellen Cowart Nicholson; siblings Harvey Nicholson, Charles Nicholson, Inez Nicholson; grandson Jack Adams

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Senn Nicholson of Cleveland; children Mary Eavenson of Cleveland, James “Curt” Drinkard of Cleveland, Jacque D Hunter of Warenton, GA; grandchildren Marty Adams of Rising Fawn, GA, Joshua Caudell of Monroe, GA, Mallory Eavenson of Chattanooga, Rachel (Michael) Baker of Monroe, GA, great-grandchildren Haynes Baker and Madeline Baker of Monroe, GA; sister Dee Dee (Ken) Bishop of Benton, TN; brothers Bob (Irma) Nicholson and John Fred Nicholson; special friend W.C. Gunter of Pigeon Forge; special neighbors Patrick Kenny and family; Teresa and Hoyt Brogdon;  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services will be held Monday November 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory with Reverend Joe Hatcher officiating. Interment will follow at Benton Cemetery with Marty Adams, James Drinkard, Chad Nicholson, Ron Green, Buck Davis, and Ken Bishop serving as pallbearers.  The service will conclude with a dove release and playing of bagpipes.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2018, at the funeral home.

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