Monday, October 17, 2011

Emma E. (Bevins) Nichols (October 15, 2011)

Emma E. (Bevins) Nichols, 90, of Greenville, passed away at the Brethren Retirement Community on October 15, 2011. Emma was born in Greenville, Ohio on August 12, 1921 to the late Roy and Cora (Sleppy) Bevins.

Emma had been a trimmer at the Neff Lettering Company for 30 years. She was a member of Beech Grove Church of the Brethren where she served as a Sunday school teacher. In August of this year, she and her husband, Ralph, celebrated their 90th birthdays with a big celebration. Emma loved crafting, quilting and was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.

In addition to her parents, Emma is preceded in death by three brothers, Marvin Bevins, Johnny Bevins and Lowell Bevins; two infant brothers; and a sister, Evelyn Bevins

Emma is survived by her husband of 69 years, Ralph Nichols of Greenville; a son, David and Elizabeth Nichols of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Patty and Robin Watkins of Brookville, Ohio and Anita and Justin Small of Greenville; grandchildren, Rev. Joe and Gwynne Watkins of Fortville, Indiana, Tara Clark and fiance` James Clinger of Tipp City, Michael and Sabrina Small of Greenville and Heather Small of Urbana; great grandchildren, Micah Watkins, Grant and Kayla Clark and Scarlet Clinger; two brothers, Wilbur and Leota Bevins and Charles and Barbara Bevins both of New Madison; a sister, Dorothy and Gene Cloyd of Greenville.

The family will receive guests on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 5-8 PM at Braund Funeral Home in New Madison. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM also at the funeral home with the Rev. Gary Cloyd and Rev. Joe Watkins officiating. Burial will follow in Hollansburg Cemetery. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Darke County Cancer Association. with contributions being accepted at the funeral home.

Services entrusted to Braund Funeral Home in New Madison. Condolences may be sent to the family at