Lester Paul Nickle III, age 75, of Copperhill, passed away January 18, at Fannin Regional Hospital. Mr. Nickle was born September 20, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to the late Lester P. Nickle Jr. and the late Janet Mae Schaeffer Nickle.
He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Postelle, Tennessee. Mr. Nickle served six years in the U.S. Navy and worked at Lockheed Georgia Plant for five years. He served as the men’s Sunday school teacher, a custodian and a deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He also served as a deacon at Virginia Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and Northeast Baptist Church in Doraville, Georgia.
Lester was a past Master Mason in the W.D. Luckie Lodge No. 89 F&AM in Hapeville, GA and was a current member of the Ducktown Masonic Lodge No. 241 F&AM. He was a member of the Oglethorpe Chapter No. 122 of Eastern Star; Knights Templar of Georgia Atlanta Commandery No. 09; Grand Council of Georgia R. & S.M. Euclid Council No. 33, Grand Chapter of Georgia R.A.M. Mt. Horeb Chapter No. 155.
He was a hobbyist and collector of many things which brought him much joy. Mr. Nickle was preceded in death by his Father, Lester P. Nickle Jr., and mother, Janet Mae Schaeffer Nickle.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Dale Nickle; brother, Fred Schaeffer Nickle; sisters, Patricia Nickle Richert and Judith Nickle Jacobson; several nieces and nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 21, at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Jenkins officiating. Music provided by Amy Dale and Shelia Owenby.
Interment followed in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Postelle, Tennessee. Pallbearers were Bradley Dale, Matthew Dale, Derrick Dale, Noah Dale, Daniel Dale, Justin Dale, Micah Dale and Larry Dye. Military honors were conducted by the North Georgia Honor Guard and Masonic rights by Ducktown Masonic Lodge No. 241 F&AM.
Arrangements entrusted to the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.