The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, May 27, 2019, at Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church, 415 Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow at Champ Waters Cemetery, 191 Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia.
A beautiful light has been deemed on Earth but her spirit is glowing in Heaven. Elois Thornton Nicholson was born to the late Henry and Caroline Thornton on February 19, 1932. She was number 10 out of 12 siblings and the last one to depart this Earthly walk. She was formerly married to the late Charles B. Nicholson. Three children were born from this union. She taught her children that getting an education was very important. It was not she spoke the words, but she showed them by example.
Elois was educated in the public schools of Macon County, Macon County Training School. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Tennessee State University. She joined Union Baptist Church but later became a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church. Her favorite scriptures were John 14:1-3 and Psalm 23:1-6.
As a teenager, Elois Thornton would travel to New Jersey summer after summer to make and save money for college. Her dream came true when she was able to enroll in Tennessee State University as a freshman. Four years later, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education. Choosing a career in education proved to be very beneficial, not just for her family, but for many families. Ms. Nick, as she was called by her students, dedicated her lifelong career to education. She educated students and mentored young educators. Ms. Nick also served as an administrator, responsible for school registers, assigning substitute teachers, and single handily monitored and managed the school cafeteria. She retired after 40 years of successful service to her community. Her career began in Hancock County, but she soon brought her talents back to Macon County. She taught at D.F. Douglass High School for a number of years and was transferred to Macon County High School. She taught thousands of students over her 40 years in education. Over the years and in current times, many of her former students have expressed their appreciation for her zeal for teaching. So many would thank her for being the firm but loving teacher that she was, expressing they still use what she taught them so many years ago. Many say that had it not been for Ms. Nick, they would have not had the opportunities to work in an office setting. She taught typing and shorthand. Over the years, the manual typewriter that she started with was upgraded to electric typewriters. Before she retired another upgrade was implemented, the computer. She did not care much for the computer because all of the skills such as calculating the center of the paper, was now done automatically with the click of a button. She wanted students to know how to calculate the margins and the center of the paper.
Her children called her “Mama”. Her grandchildren called her “Gram” and “Gram-Gram”. She was the biggest supporter of her children and grandchildren. She was always so giving, and willing to give more of whatever they needed or what she thought they needed. Mama/Gram will always be remembered as a loving, gentle, generous, and kind spirit. She loved her family: children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with all of her heart. Mama would often say that she did not have anything that was too good for her family, and her children did not have anything that was too good for Mama. She had a great sense of humor and would always be ready to go when a car was being started up. It was funny to listen to her answer her cell phone when her grandkids would call her. She would sometimes say, “What’s up pimp!”
Mama was a diehard sports fan. She knew all of the NFL teams and top players. She knew all of the NBA teams and players. She even knew the colleges they attended. Her number one basketball team was the Golden State Warriors. She would not miss a Warriors’ game.
Gram was preceded in death by eleven siblings: six brothers and five sisters, and one granddaughter, Shelby Jillian Shaw.
The family’s Matriarch has taken her eternal rest but leaves a legacy of treasured teachings and memories to her loving family: her loving and dedicated children, Charlotte Nicholson, Caroline Nicholson-Carter (Norman), both of Montezuma, Georgia; her son, Robert C. Nicholson of Miramar, Florida; five grandchildren: Michael Shaw (Jennifer) of West Palm Beach, Florida; Trevor Shaw (Denisha) of Byron, Georgia; Cailon Shaw of Lithia Springs, Georgia; Makayla Carter and Vindhya Elois Carter, both of Montezuma, Georgia; four great-grandchildren: Kennedi A. M. Shaw, Noah O. Shaw, Lailah Shaw, and Ariana Shaw; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.