CHARLESTON -- Keith Lewis Nichols, 57, died peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, Jan. 27, at Roper Hospital.
Graveside funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 31, in Charleston at Live Oak Memorial Gardens (HWY 61) and a memorial service at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Beth) Roddey Nichols; his daughter, Kristen Nichols Voyer (Bryon); and his parents, Lewis and Norma Nichols of Mount Pleasant.
Nichols was born in Newberry, S.C., where he earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1965. He graduated from Newberry High School in 1968 and earned degrees in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1972 and in Meteorology from Mississippi State in 1994.
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His broadcasting career began at WKDK in Newberry during his high school years. He worked as an announcer at WNOK AM and WUSC AM in Columbia while in college. Upon graduation, he joined the staff of WTMA in Charleston and eventually became an anchor, producer and Assistant News Director at WCIV. Nichols moved to Omaha, Neb. in 1979 and served as News Director of KMTV. He returned to Charleston in 1985 and was Morning Weather anchor at WCSC-TV, where his featured series "You Gotta Eat" was popular throughout the Low Country.
A long-time supporter of Gamecock athletics, Nichols spent some of his happiest moments in Williams Brice Stadium and on the campus of his beloved Carolina.
Nichols' favorite charities were March of Dimes and Muscular Dystrophy Association. He hosted the MDA Telethon for a number of years. He had also served on the Church Council of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and was active in the South Carolina Via de Cristo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 714 Riverdale Drive, Charleston, SC 29407; South Carolina Via de Cristo, 1000 Johnny Dodds Boulevard, Suite 103-1001, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464; and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 300 West Coleman Boulevard, Suite 206, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.
Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Pkwy., Charleston, SC 29414. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our Web site, www.jhenrystuhr.com.