Edwin Nicholas "Nick" Thomasson passed away on the 20th of April 2021. Nicky was born in Alamance County NC on August 13th 1943 the 7th of 8 children to the late Paul McCauley Thomasson and late Alice Watson Thomasson Campbell. He leaves behind his brother Tripp (Teresa) Thomasson of Irmo, SC and brother-in-law, Bernie Lee Massey (Burlington) and many nieces and nephews as well as many “special cuz’s” cousins that he dearly loved.
He is preceded in death by his sisters, Sue Massey and Dawn Troxler; brothers, Greg, Jim, Dan, and Homer Thomasson; sisters-in-law, Bobbie, Nancy, Mildred and Nadine Thomasson; a brother-in-law, Paul Troxler; and his step-father, Claude Campbell.
Nick graduated from Altamahaw-Ossipee High School (Class of ’62) with a group of life long Friends and team mates. He exceled in baseball and especially football, where he was selected All Conference with many of his team mates including in both his junior and senior years along with his lifelong best friend, Hooper Harris.
He graduated in 1967 from Idaho State University with a BA degree in social studies. Nick also exceled in football at Idaho State University by being named ALL CONFERENCE 2nd TEAM in his junior and senior year as well. After graduation he was an assistant football coach for 2 years under head coach “Babe” Caccia. He then accepted the football head coach position at Parksley High School in Parksley, VA where he also taught social studies. After teaching, Nick went into the management program for Kmart Sporting Goods in Burlington and later managed a Kmart in Huntsville, Alabama for many years. Afterwards he traveled throughout Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi for Food Distribution Services before retiring to Columbia, SC.
Nick loved family vacations at Myrtle Beach golfing and fishing with his brothers, brothers-in-law and his nephews. In addition to being an avid lifelong sports fan especially for his beloved Carolina Tar Heel basketball and for the Alabama Crimson Tide football which he never missed a game (win or lose). He was also an avid motor sports racing fan and loved watching NASCAR and especially the INDY 500 which he attended for many years with an annual outing with family and friends. If you knew Nick, he was always the “coach” and could tell you the details of games or the qualification times and speeds of any car drivers. Nick had an unbelievable instinct for details which made him successful in all levels of football and business.
The celebration service will be held at 2:00pm Friday, April 23, 2021 at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. S. Mark Clark. The private burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park where Nick will be buried beside of his mother and father gravesites. The family will receive friends starting at 12:00pm to 1:45pm Friday prior to the service.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Lexington Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC and the staff of THE HOSPICE HOME of Lexington, SC for all their loving care and compassion that was shown to Nick during his illness.
Memorials may be made to The Agape Care Hospice, 110 Dillon Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307 or the National Heart Association, www.heart.org.
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