Jacob Stephen Nicholas, 33, of Wilmer, passed away on September 11th, 2020.
He is preceded in death by his mother Margaret Sue Huff, his grandmother Margaret Sue Bentley Huff, his grandfather Phillip Stephen Huff, Sr., his uncles Phillip Stephen Huff, Jr. and William Cleveland Huff, and his grandfather Carl Edward Nicholas.
Jacob is survived by his daughter Graciella Sue Nicholas, his brother Justin Brandon (Wendy) Nicholas, his aunt Nancy Harbin Huff, his cousins Kellie Leigh Huff, Traci Lynn (Michael) Huff Liles, and William Scott Huff, his uncle Gary David (Geraldine) Huff, his longtime friend Amanda Rose Jenkins, his father James Edward Nicholas, his grandmother Lois Virginia Broom Nicholas, his uncle Jerry Nicholas, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and many other family, friends, and loved ones.
Jake was raised in Saraland until he was twelve, running the woods to Catfish Junction almost everyday to fish. He and his older brother Justin both enjoyed just being outside regardless of the weather. When his mother, Sue, died of ALS, he moved to Wilmer to live with his Uncle Butch and Aunt Nancy and ran their woods with his friend Greg Haggard and others, this time to coon hunt. The Haggard family became like his second family. He said Mrs. Amy was like a having another mother. Jake loved the outdoors and working with his hands. Jake did not like school but was loved by his teachers. Since his Uncle Butch coached at his school, Jake spent most afternoons on the football field, either playing under Coach Tom Russell or following his uncle around.
In 2015, Gracie Sue was born, and Jake fell completely and forever in love. Soon after her birth, Jake was diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer which caused him to go blind. Through the years that Jake battled this devastating cancer he stayed strong with a smile on his face and his relationship with his precious daughter grew stronger.
This young man’s journey was over before he had an opportunity to share his testimony with many of his family and friends. The real change in Jake’s life came when he gave his heart to Jesus. He attended church for years, participated in the youth activities at Wilmer Baptist Church. He even knew that he was going to Hell if he died without Jesus. He even admitted that this would have happened if he had died during his 2 brain surgeries. Praise God, he lived through both surgeries and came to know Jesus as his Savior in August 2017. The change became very evident following his salvation. Jake was a different person. On September 11, 2020 Jake stepped from this world of pain and blindness to the Healing Hands of his Savior. What rejoicing that must be. Jacob Stephen Nicholas was loved by many and will be missed.
The family wishes to express a very special thanks to all the ones in Jake’s life that helped to raise and keep him safe. To the Wilmer Baptist church family, Ward Road Community family, the Haggard family, the Walley family, the Pilgrim Family, the Tobias family, Tommy Novay, and many many more. Also, a special thank you to Tony Smith for being there to pray with Jake the prayer asking Jesus to save him and to Bob Busby’s Sunday School class for all that they did during Jake’s illness. To Amanda Jenkins for the love and care that she shared with Jake and with his family during some of the hardest days. Thank you, Amanda for your faithfulness, compassion, and love. Most importantly thank you all for praying for and loving Jake and our family.
Graveside services are planned for Thursday, September 17th at 10 AM, awaiting confirmation due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Sally. This information will be updated upon final confirmation.
Pallbearers for the service will be: Justin Nicholas, Greg Haggard, Jr., Greg Haggard, Sr., Blake Wally, Benjamin Pilgrim, and Cody Haggard.
The family has requested any flowers ordered be sent directly to Wilmer Cemetery.
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