NICHOLSON, CYRUS JOHN, 94, passed away at Highlands Regional Medical Center on July 16. He was born November 6, 1919 in Waukegan, Illinois. His parents moved the family to Miami Beach in 1924 in search of a magical place to raise their family. Cy had an adventurous childhood, growing up on the beach. He graduated from Miami Beach Sr. High in 1937 where he was on the football, basketball, baseball and track teams, and was senior class president. After graduation he briefly enrolled in the University of Florida and then joined the Army where he was awarded the Soldier's Medal for Heroism. After four years he reenrolled in UF and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in entomology. He met and married his late wife Ruby Hoyt in 1950. In 1962 Cy landed a job in Sebring, Ruby's home town, as the State of Florida entomologist for the Dept. of Agriculture animal division, where he worked until retirement. Cy was an active member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, was an Elder Emeritus and taught Sunday school for many years, served on the board, men's group and did handyman work. During retirement he and Ruby traveled across country and also visited family in Germany. He volunteered at the Sebring Public Library for many years because of his love of reading and libraries. He enjoyed his hobbies of wood working and maintaining his yard, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered for helping others and for his sense of humor. Cy was preceded in death by his loving wife Ruby of 62 years and is survived by son John Nicholson (Terri), Avon Park; daughter Barbara Hood (Fred), Gainesville; and grandchildren Jason Nicholson (Debbie), Clermont; Armon Nicholson, Severn, Maryland; Jaclyn Hood, Gainesville; Renee Hood, Baltimore, Maryland; and Kaylene Millard (Brandon), New York City. If you would like to make a memorial contribution, it can be made to the First Christian Church, 510 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, Florida 33870 or the Sebring Public Library, 319 W. Center Ave., Sebring, Florida 33870. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 26, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church, officiated by Pastor Ron Norton. The family will greet friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
Condolences or Life Stories may be expressed in his Guestbook. Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring, Fl.
Preceded In Death By
Ruby Nicholson, Wife
John Nicholson (Terri), Son
Barbara Hood (Fred), Daughter
Jason Nicholson (Debbie), Grandson
Armon Nicholson, Grandson
Jaclyn Hood, Granddaughter
Renee Hood, Granddaughter
Kaylene Millard (Brandon), Granddaughter
Date Of Birth: November 6, 1919
Place Of Birth: Waukegan, IL
Place Of Death: Sebring, FL.
Date Of Death: July 16, 2014
A memorial service will be held
Saturday, July 26, at 11:00 a.m.
at the First Christian Church,
officiated by Pastor Ron Norton.
The family will greet friends in the
Fellowship Hall following the service.