Nichols, David “Andy”

David “Andy” Nichols, 58, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

He was born Oct. 29, 1947, in Hobbs to Ruby and Ervin Nichols. He married Brenda “B.J.” Vantrease on Oct. 29, 1965.

He attended Portales High School and in 1962 began working for Hometown Foods as an associate in the meat market. Later he worked on a local bread delivery route. He also worked as a plumber and pipefitter and was a member of the Local Union 412 for many years.

His hobbies included fishing, cookouts and watching Western movies. Family members said he loved his grandchildren and enjoyed socializing with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
He is survived by a son, Michael Nichols (and wife, Candice) of Portales; two daughters, Jenee Raiche (Steven) of Portales, Lisa Nichols (and fiancé, Jeff McGarvey) of Cleburn, Texas; nine grandchildren; three brothers: Richard Nichols and Hampy Nichols, both of Gulfport, Miss., and Eugene Nichols of Branson, Mo.; three sisters, Pat Mathis of Portales, Laverne Obenhause of Bellfair, Wash., and Gail North of Kingsland, Texas.

Honorary pallbearers will be all grandchildren.

The Rev. John Marshall will officiate services.

Burial is at Restlawn Cemetery in Portales.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.