Tommy Ray Nicholson Sr.

Published 9:41 am Tuesday, December 31, 2019

SOLDONTA, Alaska — Soldotna resident Tommy Ray Nicholson Sr. passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at home from a long battle with kidney failure surrounded by his loved ones.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Tommy was born Dec. 2, 1953, to Albert Hugh and Willie Mae Nicholson in Vicksburg.

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He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He moved his family to Alaska in the early 1990s

Tommy had an adventuresome life, growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Vicksburg. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed hunting deer and wild hogs, fishing for catfish in the Mississippi and fishing for halibut and salmon in Alaska. He prospected for gold around the state of Alaska. Tom enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren camping, fishing and hunting.

He belonged to the Harley Davidson motorcycle club and the Gold wing club and was an honorary member of the Iron Warriors. As an avid motorcycle rider, he enjoyed riding around the state of Alaska as well as Canada and the lower states with friends. Tommy made many trips from Soldotna, Alaska to Mississippi making the trip in five days. With his love of travel, he traveled most of the United States and met many interesting people.

He was loved and admired by many and will be greatly missed.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Mary Nicholson; mother, Willie Mae Wooten; daughter, Tammy Nicholson-Griffith; son, Tommy Nicholson Jr.; daughter, Timmie Norris; son, Thomas Nicholson; daughter, Thomasina Nicholson; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.