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Damon Nichols

Damon Alonzo “Buddha” Nichols

Sunday, February 16th, 1975 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Obituary

Damon Alonzo “Buddha” Nichols, 45, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at home with his family by his side.

Damon was born on February 16, 1975, to Selton and Ola (Green) Nichols in Benton Harbor. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1993. Damon then went on to receive his Associates Degree from Grand Rapids Community College, also attended Ohio University where he received a scholarship to play his beloved sport of football. He worked as a Berrien County Dispatcher for fourteen years, a job he deeply enjoyed. Damon was outgoing with a vibrant personality which made him well liked and loved by all. He was selfless with a strong work ethic. Most of all, Damon was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend who cherished time spent with his family.

Damon is survived by his mother, Ola Nichols; daughters, Xiantria Nichols and Aquashia Nichols; son, Avondre Boyd; grandchildren, Janeeah Nichols, Raelynn Boyd, Daequan Tillman, Daemari Tillman, Avondre Boyd, Jr. and Daveyonna Tillman; brother, Demetrius Nichols; sisters, Amelia (Frank) Gibson, Millie Nichols, mother of his children; Marilyn Tinsley, special friends, Danyeal McGee and Forest Harmon and Godparents, Walter and Christal Felton. He was preceded in death by his father, Selton Nichols.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. The funeral service will be broadcasted through the outdoor speakers starting at 11 am with Minister Stanley Scott officiating. Funeral procession and burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens. In respect for social distancing please remain in your vehicles while waiting at the funeral home and graveside committal service. Those wishing to leave online condolences or Hugs from Home messages may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. The family would like to thank the Berrien County Sheriff’s Dept., local fire departments and law enforcement agencies, EMS and towing companies for their love and support.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, May 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, May 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The funeral service will be broadcasted through the outdoor speakers starting at 11 am. In respect for social distancing please remain in your vehicles while waiting at the funeral home and graveside committal service.
  • Interment

    Location
    North Shore Memory Gardens
    Address
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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    In respect for social distancing please remain in your vehicles while waiting at the funeral home and graveside committal service.

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Makesha Gatewood

Posted at 10:50pm
To know Damon (Buddha Wuddha as I'd often call him) was to love him. He had a heart of gold. I'm going to miss our friendship, the text and phone calls. However you'll forever be in my heart.

Take Your Rest
You Are Healed

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Josephine Smith

Posted at 05:21pm
With heartfelt sympathy to "Buddha's" family. We are praying for you.

Tony Gousetis

Posted at 10:22pm
Our thoughts and prayers to Damon's family.

Damon will be missed so much. Our talks about sports, stogies, conspiracy theories..... someday we will be having those convos again. Rest easy young man.
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La'Shae King

Posted at 08:21pm
My thoughts & prayers are with the family during this time. Damon will be deeply missed.
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Forest Harman

Posted at 10:40pm
I’m sorry for everyone that lost Damon. The world was improved by his presence. I am better for having known him. May strength be with his family. With love, Forest Harman.
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