Lloyd ‘Clay’ Nichols

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Lloyd “Clay” Nichols, 63, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away Mon­day, Aug. 14, 2017, at his home, from glioblas­toma (brain can­cer) with his sig­nif­i­cant other, Pat Tor­res, at his side.

He was born on April 11, 1954, in El Do­rado, Kan. to Alva and Ol­lie McCon­nell Nichols.

They moved to Spring­dale, Ark., when he was about four years of age. He was proud to call him­self an Arkansas Hill­billy. He at­tended Spring­dale High School but left early to en­list in the U.S. Army, re­ceiv­ing his high school diploma while sta­tioned in Alaska. He served with pride for four years in the Army and fol­low­ing that, two years in the Na­tional Guard. He was a man of many tal­ents, en­joy­ing bass fish­ing, play­ing gui­tar and pool. He went to NW Vo­ca­tional Tech­ni­cal School to be­come a long­haul truck driver in 1984. He had a long ca­reer driv­ing the roads of the United States un­til the in­jury that he re­ceived while in the ser­vice side­lined him.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; and two brothers, Muriel and Jesse Nichols.

He is sur­vived by his sig­nif­i­cant other, Pat Tor­res; and two brothers, Gene Nichols and Carl Nichols.

A cel­e­bra­tion of his life was held at 10 a.m. Satur­day, Aug. 19, at the Bella Vista Fu­neral Home Chapel, 2258 For­est Hills Blvd, Bella Vista.

On­line con­do­lences may be made at www.fu­neral ma­tion.com.


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