Demeterius Nichols

Demeterius "Big Dee" Nichols

Tuesday, February 13th, 1973 - Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Demeterius Nichols, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been submitted for approval. There may be a delay before posting.

Close Window

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Demeterius's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Demeterius's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.


Demeterius “Big Dee” Nichols, 48, of Benton Harbor, MI., passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Spectrum Health- Lakeland Medical Center.

“Big Dee” was born on February 13, 1973, to Selton & Ola (Green) Nichols in Benton Harbor, MI. He attended Benton Harbor High School for some time, and later got his GED. “Big Dee” worked as a CNC machinist for several manufacturing companies over time. He was known for his big heart, his sense of humor and definitely being the life of the party. “Big Dee” loved playing cards, listening to music, and cracking jokes. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Most of all, he enjoyed being a father.

“Big Dee” is survived by his daughter Dekiah Nichols of Benton Harbor, MI; mother Ola Nichols of Benton Harbor; God-father, Otis Green of Detroit, MI; significant other Rana Russell of Mishawaka, IN; siblings, Amelia (Franklin) Gibson of Kalamazoo, MI and Millie Ann (Michael) Nichols of Benton Harbor, MI; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.

“Big Dee” was preceded in death by his father Selton Nichols; his brother Damon Nichols; his grandparents Cleotis and Channie Green, Byhalia Robinson, and Arlester Nichols; his nephew Nick Nichols.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:00 P.M., at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 11:00A.M. until time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Dee’s family in c/o Dekiah Nichols. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Read Less

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Demeterius

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 12:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Demeterius here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence

Millie Nichols

Posted at 11:27am
My brother this just seems so unreal! I miss u sooo much. My heart aches to know you have gone to be with everybody we miss in Heaven! This is such a hard thing to do but I know from our upbringing that to be absent in the body is to be present with the LORD. I just can’t wait to see you again bro. Mannn just knowing you are gone saddens my heart but I know GOD IS ABLE TO SEE US THREW THIS VERY TRYING TIME! I’m glad u told me how much you love me and to know you are in Heaven watching over your family. I love u forever more Dee Please GOD HELP US AND STRENGTHEN mama she needs you GOD! We love you Dee.

Darrell Douglas

Posted at 12:37am
Condolences to the Nichols family. May God bless you all.

Waynette Jones

Posted at 06:32pm
I was always babysitting Dee. He was very humorous, even as a baby. He has left me with many stories of laughter that I will never forget. Fond, fond memories is the treasure that he has left for his family. One day, we will come to you.😓

Amelia Gibson

Posted at 02:20pm
I just feel like I am dreaming, I cant believe it. I love you Bro

Millie Nichols Posted at 11:30am

I love u sooooo much sus! Soooo much! Our brother is still with us in SPIRIT the hurt just is so deep u r sooo right unbelievable

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: