Joniece Moss Nichols, 81, of Benton, affectionately known to all as “Momma Jo”, was born June 18, 1930 in Oxford to William and Willie Elizabeth Moss. She was a devoted mother and wife, retiree from the VA Hospital in North Little Rock, a faithful member of the Oxford United Methodist Church of Oxford and was a dedicated volunteer in the Mercy House Ministry of Sharon Baptist Church in Benton, where she chose to worship since moving to Benton. Her passion was researching and sharing family history. Momma Jo gently passed away at home on August 13, 2011 surrounded by family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy A. Nichols of Benton, her older sister Ann Hovator-McKeaver and older brother Fisher Moss, both of Oxford.
She is survived by her daughter Lana Carter and husband Randy of Benton; son Randy F. Nichols of Fayetteville; son Frank A. Nichols and wife Rita of Texarkana; stepson Rick A. Nichols of Bluffton; grandsons Lance Carter, Nick Carter and Matt Nichols of Benton, and granddaughter Liane Nichols of Texarkana; step grandchildren Chris, Kelly and Josh Nichols; siblings Sue and husband Sanford Howard of North Carolina; Jetta Peters; Herbert and wife Ima Moss; Rheta and husband Bill Blankenship, all of Oxford; and several nieces, nephews and loving friends.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 16, at Ashby Funeral Home, 108 W. Narroway St. in Benton. Funeral Services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, at Ashby Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Coleman and Bro. Richard Hamlin officiating. Burial will follow at Pipkin Cemetery on Congo Rd. in Benton.
Memorials may be made to the Oxford United Methodist Church or Mercy House Ministry of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
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