Annie Merlene Jackson Nichols, 78, widow of Bill Marshall Nichols, died on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at her home.

Born on Nov. 4, 1939, in Biscoe, North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Lillie Mae Stewart Jackson. She was a member of Northside Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include two children, Kathie Nichols Creel (Kenny) and Jeffrey Wayne Nichols (Patty); seven grandchildren, Michael Shepard (Jeanne), Savannah Williams (Troy), Jonathan Nichols (Emily), Marshall Nichols (Amanda), Katina Terlip, Stephanie D. Tisdale and Amanda Creel; five siblings, Julia Mae Jackson Myrick (Bobby), Brenda J. Morris Tew (R.L.), Ronald Jackson (Wanda), James Jackson (Jean) and Mahlon Jackson; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with the Rev. Charles Owens officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home of Kenny and Kathie Creel, 2660 Hodge St.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Keewana Davis, Tylesha Albert and Dee Stegall for their loving care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 198 E. Wesmark Blvd., Sumter, SC 29150.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.