John Noel Nicholson

December 8, 1938 — August 24, 2019

John Noel Nicholson

Mr. John Noel “Mousey” Nicholson, age 80, passed away on August 24, 2019 following an extended illness. Noel was born in Hiawassee, Georgia on December 8, 1938 to the late Boyd and Montree (Garrett) Nicholson. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Enotah Baptist Church for 30 years. Noel, better know as “Mousey”, was a great outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing with his loving wife Joyce and they would often take a picnic to the lake. He also took Joyce along on his coon hunting trips and would comment that she was slow walking in but made her way out of the woods a lot quicker. Mousey could tell stories and captivated anyone who sat down to listen to his tales. He also had a love for sports, especially the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. He was an avid supporter of his country and his president and served in the United States Army for a two year term. He had a green thumb and grew a garden big enough to feed Towns county every year and was quick to give away the vegetables he harvested to those who needed them. Noel was a family man and cherished his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his brother, M.L. Nicholson sister, Jeanette Chastain and grandson, Baby Boy Derochie. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mrs. Joyce Jones Nicholson; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Bert Rogers of Hiawassee, Georgia; daughter, Denise Nicholson of Franklin, North Carolina; sons and daughters-in-law, William and Stacey Derochie of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Forrest and Mary Derochie of Hiawassee, Georgia; brothers, Kenneth Nicholson, Lowell Nicholson and Gary Nicholson, all of Hiawassee, Georgia; sister, Jackie Gilreath of Canton, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 3 more on the way; several nieces, nephews and a host of extended family and friends.

Visitation: Monday, August 26, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Banister Funeral Home

Funeral Service: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Enotah Baptist Church with Rev. Donnie Jarrard and Rev. Bradley Thomas officiating. Music provided by Martha Barrett and Bradley Thomas. 

Interment following the funeral service at Enotah Baptist Church Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Patrick Bones, Ken Nicholson, Roy Hardman, Jeremy Underwood, Nathan Lovell, Tyler Pendergrass, Caleb Nicholson and Steven Derochie. Honorary pallbearers: Lowell Nicholson, Kenneth Nicholson, Wade Nicholson and Glen Gordon. 

Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

6:00 - 9:00pm

Banister-Cooper Funeral Home

678 N Main St, Hiawassee, GA 30546

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Starts at 12:00pm

Enotah Baptist Church

Hiawassee, GA

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Interment following funeral service

Enotah Cemetery

Hiawassee, GA

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