Jack Alton Nicholson

April 22, 1960 - April 16, 2024
Jack Alton Nicholson

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Jack Alton Nicholson, 63, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

Jack was the owner and operator of Jack's Appliance Service for the past 37 years.

He repaired appliances for hundreds of customers across eastern North Carolina spanning 6 counties. Jack was known for the big red Ford van he drove and the bright red work shirts he wore.

Jack was born on April 22, 1960 to Milton Chester Nicholson and Janie Peaks Nicholson. He graduated from Williamston High School in 1978 and continued his education at Martin Community College where he earned a degree in Electrical Installation and Maintenance. Jack earned his electrical and refrigeration licenses. His first job was part-time at McKeel Appliance Service in 1976. He purchased the business in 1987, renamed it Jack's Appliance Service, and continued to perform appliance repair work until his passing.

Jack was most proud of the 6 sons he and his wife raised and the 4 grandchildren they blessed them with, who were the lights of "Pop's" life. He always had a project he was helping one of his kids or friends to complete. He loved the time he spent with his boys and friends and watching a plan come together. Jack seemed to thrive on tackling and solving problems that no one else could master. He was truly a Jack of all trades.

Jack loved to cook for and entertain his family and friends and was always looking for a new and improved recipe to try out. When asked what time the meal would be served, his standard answer was "When the meat is done". All his meals were worth the wait.

Jack is survived by his wife of 42 years, Ellen Corey Nicholson; his 6 sons, James (Megan), Andy (Elisha Hardison), Ben (Brittany), Will (Farrell), David (Maria), and Noah (Maria); grandchildren, Kolby, Trenton, Wesley, and Riley Nicholson; his mother, Janie Peaks Nicholson; his sister, Jennie (Bobby) Brown; and his mother and father in-law, Geoffrey and Pearl Corey; sister-in-law, Janet W. Corey, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. Jack was predeceased by his father, Milton Chester Nicholson, and his brother-in-law, Jeff Corey.

Pallbearers will be his 6 sons, nephew Luke Corey, and his "adopted" 7th son, Brett Roberson.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 18th, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at Tice Community Cemetery in the Farm Life Community, with Pastor Larry Stephens officiating. The family will receive friends following the service or other times at their family home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Griffins Township Volunteer Fire Department of Williamston, NC, by clicking HERE. and the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center of Durham, NC. by clicking HERE.


Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is privileged to serve the Nicholson family during this difficult time.



Graveside Funeral Service

Thursday, April 18, 2024
1:00 PM

Tice Community Cemetery - Directions
1533 Piney Grove Church Rd.
Williamston, NC 27892

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  • May 03, 2024
    Pam Hicks says:
    I was so shocked to see Jack had Passed. He serviced my appliances many times. But the one thing I will always be grateful and remember him for is he did the appliance repair for my grandaddy and later after my grandpa died, he did repairs for my uncle who took over the business of Roanoke Electrical Appliances. Up until he passed, he still did appliance repair for my uncle Ben Cherry who was now owner of Cherry's Roanoke Electric in Plymouth. Jack told me many times he was doing maintenance for my uncle. I don't know who I will contact now that he is gone. I am so sorry for the family's loss but so very grateful because of him, he kept my grandaddy's business alive. God bless you all. I know it is hard, but I also believe in God's plan. I was blessed that he was able to keep my uncle's repairs done & in return, keep my grandpa's business alive. God bless you all and know Jack was a good repair man .

  • April 29, 2024
    Loretta and Luther Bailey says:
    Love and prayers for all the family.

  • April 27, 2024
    Ben and Shirley Lee says:
    We are so saddened for your loss. Jack was such a kind person. I don’t know what we would have done without his expertise over the course of many years. We knew if we had an appliance issue we could count on him to always show up and give us a fair assessment and the best advice. We also enjoyed having conversations with him as he worked. He will be greatly missed.

  • April 20, 2024
    Dianne Peyton Swain says:
    My deepest sympathy to Ellen and all the boys and their families. Jack will truly be missed by all that knew him. Dianne Swain - DMV LPA

  • April 18, 2024
    Vivian Roberson Bedwell says:
    To Ellen, sons, Mother, and all family, I extend my sincere heartfelt sympathy to you. May you find comfort and peace with our Lord. God Bless each of you.

  • April 18, 2024
    Trish Andrews says:
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Jack helped us out many, many times over so many years. A wonderful man and we will miss him. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

  • April 18, 2024
    Wayne & Candy Howell says:
    Dear family, You do not know us but we knew “Mr. Jack”. He was our service man for many years . He could fix anything! Always very professional and nice . We will miss him . God bless and comfort all of you as only He can .

  • April 17, 2024
    Danny Leon says:
    Ellen, All of us at Cashwell Appliance Parts is sadden to hear about the passing of Jack. He meant more to our company than just being long time customer and will truly be missed. I personally was privileged to have worked directly with him over the years and enjoyed our conversation related to business and peroneal everyday topics. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time in your life. Danny Leon Cashwell Appliance Parts

  • April 17, 2024
    Steve and Cherie Taylor says:
    We are so sorry and shocked to learn of Jack's passing. He was such a nice person and a great repairman. You all are in our prayers. May God bless all of you.

  • April 17, 2024
    Polly Padgette says:
    Ellen and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult journey. Ronnie and Polly