Thomas W. Nicholson, M.D.
Published 1:47 pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Thomas W. Nicholson, M.D.
Nov. 9, 1943 – March 22, 2014
The family of Dr. Nicholson announces his death on March 22, 2014.
“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a
time to break down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn
and a time to dance.”
Dr. Nicholson was born in Washington on Nov. 9, 1943. The son of
John L. Nicholson Jr. and Katherine H. Nicholson, he is survived by his wife, Sue Marshall
Nicholson, as well as his three sons: Westray Nicholson of Greenville, Marshall Nicholson and wife Meredith Nicholson of Dunwoody, Ga., and John Nicholson and wife Emily Nicholson of Chapel Hill. He was also gifted with seven grandsons: Brodie, Ben, Sam, Harry, Cole, Warren, and Henry, whom he hopes will remember him fondly.
He is also survived by his twin brother Samuel Timothy Nicholson and wife Helen Nicholson of
Rocky Mount, as well as his sister Katherine Nicholson Mitchell and husband
Sandy Mitchell of Washington. His brother John Lawrence Nicholson III, of
Rocky Mount, is predeceased.
Dr. Nicholson was a graduate of Rocky Mount High School and a scholarship recipient at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his undergraduate years, he worked at the
Carolina Inn to supplement his income. He was most gratefully accepted into the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and graduated with an M.D. degree in 1970,
where he also served as vice-president of his class. His education was continued at the University
of Oklahoma, where he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, followed by
a fellowship in cardiology. While at the University of Oklahoma, he was selected as chief
resident. Dr. Nicholson was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and head of Internal
Medicine at the Port Hueneme Naval Hospital in California. In 1976, he returned home to
Washington to join Pamlico Internal Medicine, where he practiced medicine for 34 years.
Dr. Nicholson was devoted to his patients and colleagues, and as time went on, he regarded them
all as friends and family.
From whom much is given, much is expected
Dr. Nicholson always felt it was imperative to give back to medicine as it had so
graciously given to him, and was involved in many educational and professional organizations.
He served as chief of staff at Beaufort County Hospital and was chairman of the pharmacy and
therapeutics committee for many years. He was a lifetime member of the North Carolina
Medical Society as well as president of both the Pamlico Albemarle Medical Society and the
Seaboard Medical Society. In addition, Dr. Nicholson served as medical director of Britthaven
Services in Washington for many years.
“I’m a Tar Heel born
I’m a Tar Heel bred
And when I die
I’m a Tar Heel dead.”
The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Paul
Funeral Home & Crematory, 900 John Small Avenue, Washington (252-946-4144).
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at St. Peter’s Episcopal
Church on 101 N. Bonner St, Washington (252-946-8151), officiated by The Reverend Kevin Johnson. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Beaufort County Community College
Foundation, 5337 U.S. Highway 264 East, Washington, NC 27889 (252-940-6326), Beaufort County Arts Council, P.O. Box 634, Washington NC 27889 (252-946-2504) or St. Thomas Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 257 Bath NC 27808 (252-923-9141).