Tommie Jean Nicholson


Tommie Jean Rogers Nicholson, beloved wife, mother and grandmother of Buchanan Loop Road in Webster, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

Tommie Jean was born on Nov. 27, 1932, in Graham County. She was the youngest and last of nine children born to the late Tom Rogers and Lillie Wiggins Rogers of the Tallulah community of Graham County. She was preceded in death by five sisters, Ginger Parker, Jessica Haney, Marie Webster, Juanita Rogers and Catherine Webster; three brothers, Glenn, Howell and Rube Rogers.

Tommie Jean graduated from Robbinsville High School in 1951. She lived most of her life in Jackson County. In 1952 she moved to Sylva to work for Western Carolina Telephone Company as a telephone operator. Tommie Jean later worked for three banks – Citizens Bank, Wachovia Bank, First Union Bank – and retired from the Town of Sylva ABC Board as secretary bookkeeper to the board.

Tommie Jean enjoyed reading Louis L’Amour westerns, watching old movies, shopping, flea markets, spending time with her two grandsons, Adam and Andrew, family, friends, and traveling with her husband, Tommy.

She was a member of Lovedale Baptist Church.

Tommie Jean is survived by her loving husband of almost 68 years, Tommy, of the home; son, Gary Nicholson of Charlotte. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Tommie Jean lay in state from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Appalachian Funeral Services on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, for friends wanting to pay their respects.

A private graveside service was held at 2 p.m. at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Rev. Mike Farmer officiated. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Webster Memorial Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 115, Webster, NC 28788; or Western Carolina Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.

The family would like to thank the Hermitage and Four Seasons Hospice for their excellent care in her final days.