Obituary for Martha Burgess Nichols

Martha Burgess Nichols, 81, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021.

Martha was born July 1, 1940 to the late Irenus H. and Elizabeth L. Burgess. She graduated from Westmoore High School and worked in the textile industries for many years. Martha played basketball in high school and later played in the State Senior games as well.   She will be remembered for her love of life and her positive attitude.  Martha loved Duke Basketball and also flower gardening.  She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother.  Martha was a foster granny to many children in her church and community.  She was a caring friend and neighbor to many, especially those that were in need.  

In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by brothers, Kurby, Kenneth, Kelly Burgess; sisters, Margie Davis, Fauline McDonald, Dolly Burgess and Malinda Hussey.

She is survived by husband of 58 years: Roy; sons: Jerry Nichols and wife Ashley, Tony Nichols; the love of her life, granddaughters: Toni, Laura; great granddaughter: Xandria; brother :Kermit Burgess; sister: Charity Comer;  many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Friday, September 24, 2021 at Acorn Ridge Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. John Williamson and Reverend Edwin Moore. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Thursday,  September  23, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made t:o Breast Cancer Association ( or Wounded Warriors Project (

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Nichols family.

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