Lee E. Nickells Sr. 1935-2020

CORTLAND — Lee Edward Nickells Sr., 84, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Lee was born Aug. 9, 1935, in Haldeman, Ky., the son of the late Charles and Luanna Smith Nickells.

Mr. Nickells retired as a material handler for RMI Steel after 26 years of employment.

Lee was of Christian faith. He loved being outside spending time fishing, hunting or just enjoying the quiet. He spent his time working in his yard, no matter how hot it was outside, and took pride in his landscaping. He liked to watch Westerns on the television or follow his team, the Oakland Raiders, while also keeping up with the Browns, Indians and OSU.

His truest joy was his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Estella Patterson Nickells, whom he married in 1956; his daughter, Tammy (Kevin) Gozur of Campbell; five sons, Lee Jr. of Cortland, David of Cortland, Richard (Anita) of Cortland, Mitchell (Debbie) of Brookfield and Timothy (Lisa) of Leavittsburg; four sisters, Virginia Howard of Indianapolis, Ind., Imogene Hall of Tennessee, Sheila Briggs of Barnesville and Mary Alice Green of Barnesville; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides his parents, Mr. Nickells was preceded in death by his brother, Nick; three sisters, Chloe Messer, Jewell Castle and Diane Mangino; and his beloved cat, Smokey, who was his constant companion.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at the Wm Nicholas Funeral and Cremation Services, 614 Warren Ave., Niles, OH 44446. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

The family would like to thank All Caring Hospice for its wonderful care and compassion. Memorial contributions can be made in Lee’s honor to All Caring Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Suite B-101, Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 614 Warren Ave. Niles, OH 44446. Friends and family may view the obituary and send condolences by visiting www.NicholasFuneralHome.com.

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