Charles Fred Nicholson Sr.

Charles Nicholson Sr.

Charles Fred Nicholson Sr.

Charles Fred Nicholson Sr. passed away peacefully September 28, 2015 at his residence with his family at his side. He was born July 29, 1949 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas to Shirley Walter and Zeila Marie Shapper Nicholson. He was the youngest of three children. Charlie was proud to be a BOI and never wanted to leave the island. At the remainder of his life he moved to Santa Fe to be close to his sister.

His nickname was “Railroad Charlie”. He worked for 20 years as a Car Inspector, (Car Knocker) with his father for the G.H. & H. Railroad in Galveston. Previously, he had been a Merchant Marine for a year traveling to Africa and other countries.

As a young man, Charlie loved to fish, rabbit and squirrel hunt and play baseball. He remembered floundering with his father and brother at the East End Jetties and Crash Boat Basin. Later he became a “pool shark” always ready to challenge everyone to a game.

Charlie was a natural “Mr. Fixit”. Charlie took after his father and was very mechanically inclined. He was always repairing someone’s car and came to the rescue for his brother-in law, Dale many a time, helping repair whatever needed fixing.

At the end of his life, he watched T.V and cared for his cat “Baby” and Chihuahua, “Popcorn”. He also fed all the stray cats in the neighborhood.

Charlie is preceded in death by parents; brother, Shirley Walter Nicholson and wife Judy Nicholson, and brother, Shirley Walter Nicholson Jr.

Survivors include sons, Charles Fred Nicholson Jr. of Pittsburg, TX, William John Nicholson of Galveston, TX and Chad Walter Nicholson of Galveston, TX. He is also survived by daughters, Penny Douglas and Charla Hinton; sister, Mollie Jamison and husband, Dale of Santa Fe, TX; sister-in law, Carol Nicholson of Pittsburg, TX and grandchildren and soon to be 1st great grandchild. He is also survived by ex-wife, Betty Gardner.

Per his request, Charlie will be cremated and buried at a later date in Santa Fe, TX at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock, TX.

Charles’s sister, Mollie Jamison, would like to thank everyone for their support for helping her take care of her baby brother. She will miss his daily phone calls and weekly visits to Galveston to help him. Thank you to Dr. Warren Longmire and to Meals on Wheels and A-Med Hospice.