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Paul Shannon Nichols
November 21, 1967 ~ September 15, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old
Paul Shannon Nichols, of Pasadena Texas, entered the Lord’s kingdom on September 15, 2023. He was born November 21, 1967, in Pasadena, Texas.
Paul was a loving father and grandfather. He is survived by his brother Joshua, his son Brendan and wife Aimee, grandchildren Aiden, Noah, Asher, Oliver, Ember and his father Charles Nichols and wife Dora and half-brother Shawn Nichols.
At a very early age, Paul picked up a guitar and never set it down. If you knew Paul, you knew he played guitar. Wherever Paul was, a guitar was never far away. From classical numbers to the heaviest of rock and a voice that would just as easily make you smile as it would make you cry. Paul could play any instrument he put in his hands and sing any song you could imagine. He would sit behind a piano, sing a song, and the way he would look at you made you feel as if he wrote it just for you.
Paul spent ten years teaching at Chinquapin School, a school for gifted inner-city children. He had a real passion for teaching. His students often competed at State competitions and won many awards. He was so proud of winning a State orchestra competition, being the only guitar ensemble to compete.
The other hobby of Paul’s youth was his love for fantasy, role-playing games, such as Dungeons and Dragons and the Warhammer series.
Paul was also a veteran. At the age of 19 he enlisted in the Marines and served in Panama as a Lance Corporal and sniper for four years.
Paul’s gift was in the teaching of young children, usually in Christian settings, where he was free to share his faith. This is where he touched many lives. His passion for his faith in Christ led him to volunteer for Ratio Christi, a Christian apologetics and evangelism ministry to university students. He greatly enjoyed talking to students from all walks of life about world views and the truth of the Bible. The idea of making an eternal impact on the life of others gave Paul a great sense of purpose and enjoyment. Combining this with his teaching of music and sharing his faith with homeschoolers, you can say he had really found his purpose in life.