Richard (Bill) Nichols, 81, of Slidell, La., died Thursday, Oct. 17, in Slidell.
Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. A private burial will follow.
Bill was born May 21, 1932, in Texas to E.E. and Lottie Manilla Nichols. He was one of 11 children, which included four brothers: Jack, Bert, John and Doug; and six sisters: Eddie, Freddie, Winda, Wanda, Katherine and Melba.
Bill grew up on farms in East and West Texas. After graduating high school, he spent four years serving his country in the United States Coast Guard and more than 30 years hauling aggregate from the Bridgeport area throughout North Texas. In 2000, he parked his truck for good and enjoyed his retirement.
Bill is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons Jay Strawn and wife, Kristen, of San Antonio and Blaine Strawn and wife, Mimi, of Carriere, Miss.; brothers Doug and wife, Lulabell, of Josephine and John Nichols; sisters Winda Bounds and husband, George, of Mexia, Katherine and husband, Huey, of East Texas, and Wanda Beaver of Georgetown; grandchildren Ally, Kenny Wade and Savannah; and numerous nieces and nephews.