Ralph Willard Nichols, 97, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
Ralph was a World War II veteran having served as a lineman in the U.S. Army. Throughout his life, he was the owner of Esso Gas Station, Nichols Hotel and co-owner of Hickory Valley Motors.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Geneva Nichols.
Survivors include his half-sister, Lois Pierce, nephews, Larry Duncan, David Nichols, Charles Duncan, Jack Shelton and many great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.
A private graveside service will be held at Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.
Please share your thoughts and memories online at: www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com.
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421.