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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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family. We thought a lot of Martha and Roy. Look to the Lord for comfort, help and strength!!!

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about Martha. She was such a sweet, friendly person with a smile that lit up her whole face. I will always remember how kind and genuine Martha was. Prayers for her family.
    Lori Brewer Johnson

  3. Roy and Family,

    I was very saddened to hear of Martha’s passing. She and I traded a lot of friendly and jovial jabs when I was serving at Acorn Ridge. It was a joy to serve you both. Now, she is with our Lord and for that, I am very happy for her. To those of us left behind, and especially her dear family, I say God bless you during this sorrowful time.

    I will be out of town at a conference and will be unable to attend the funeral, but please know that I am praying for you and love you. Should I be of any service, I am a phone call away.

    God bless you.

    Pastor Allen Mashburn
    Asbury Baptist Church

  4. I had the Honor of being is Mrs. Martha’s Sunday School Class, and I had a seat right beside of her for about 3 years before covid changed our lives at church, What a Woman, always happy, always positive, I am so sorry for your loss,
    Much love , and prayers
    Duncan / Jennie Stewart

  5. My heartfelt Sympathy for all of Martha’s family! To know her was to love her, always a big smile when you saw her, I just loved talking with her and always felt uplifted by her positive outlook!

  6. Prayers for Roy, Jerry and family…..her Godly presence was such a blessing for me growing up on Park Hill, had many meals from her as a young boy…May God comfort the family, till we are all called home..RIP!

  7. What a blessing to have know Martha all my life. We grew up in the same community went to school and church together. She was such a happy positive woman who took the time to serve others especially her ministry to the nursing homes. We will certainly miss her in the Ladies class at church for she always had an encouraging word ,a piece of candy ,and an infectious smile. See you soon friend we will miss you. Love ,Brenda Garner Pickler

  8. So sorry to hear the sad news of Martha’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. I remember her well, Loved talking and visiting her as I was growing up. My prayer of comfort for Roy, Jerry and Tony…May God be with you ..

  9. Prayers for Martha’s family!! She was the kindest and friendly to us every time we saw her. We know you will miss her greatly. Our thoughts are with you!!
    Arnold & Pam Hussey

  10. Was like a second mother to me growing up on park hill. She will be dearly missed! Loved her cooking and conversations. Rest in peace Martha you will be dearly missed!

  11. Martha, I’m going miss laughing ,talking, and cutting up with you. We had alots of good times sitting around an just picking an joking with Me.j Tony, an Roy . I cpild tell you one thing right now ,it would be that I love you an I miss you and our little talks . And that its killing Tony that your not here with him and Roy an Lisa .I’m trying my best to help Tony deal with all of this but its hard because everytime he looks out the windows he see his mama just laying an he can’t do anything to help her . He has bad dreams an good dreams bout you , he misses you so much . He loves an miss you alot . Love ya Lisa an Tony we love and miss you more then anything . An so do I miss you . Me ,an Tony miss helping you work in yard doing whatever you wanted us to do for you an Roy .Jesus please heal our broken hearts in our time of sorrow . Thank you Jesus for your help .

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