Brenda C. Nickerson

  • Born: January 27, 1943
  • Died: June 24, 2019
  • Location: Meggett, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel

3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway
Charleston, SC 29414

Tel. (843) 763.7664

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Brenda by adding your memories and photos.

Brenda C. Nickerson, 76, of Meggett, South Carolina, wife of John O. Nickerson entered into eternal rest Monday, June 24, 2019. Her Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 28, 2019 in The Episcopal Church on Edisto meeting in the Historic Sanctuary of The New First Missionary Baptist Church, 1644 SC-174, Edisto Island, SC 29438 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL.

Brenda was born January 27, 1943 in Newberry, South Carolina, daughter of the late Earl W. Crapps and Ruth Robinson Crapps. She enjoyed a wonderful rural childhood in Newberry, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina where she received a full scholarship to the College of Nursing that was awarded to her by Senator Ernest F. Hollings. She also received her masters degree in nursing from USC and was the recipient of a scholarship through DHEC.

Her nursing career included working for DHEC, and she retired from the Hollings Cancer Institute of MUSC. Public health was Brenda's passion and she had a love for helping underserved people. She implemented The Best Chance Network Program for uninsured and underinsured cancer patients. She started The Cancer Tumor Registry for the State of South Carolina and wrote the grant for The Hollings Cancer Institute Mammogram/Winnebago Program, still in use today. Upon her retirement she volunteered at Hospice of Charleston. Her interests were varied and she loved the outdoors, gardening, back packing and international traveling.

She is survived by her husband, John O. Nickerson of Meggett, SC; son, Duane E. Price (Lisa) of Atlanta, GA; two daughters, Caroline Price Sandlin (Greg) of Lone Star, SC, and Bonnie Price of Bishopville, SC; step-son, Joshua W. Nickerson of Columbia, SC; four grandchildren, Jamie Hayes, Zachary Price, Dalton Price, and Tyler Joshua Gray; two sisters, Sharon Batson of Wilmington, NC, Mary Ann Chorlton of Newberry, SC, and her cat Mr. Paris. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Don Crapps.

The family wishes to extend a special appreciation to Father Fred Thompson and Anna Alessandro.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Lowcountry Food Bank,2864 Azalea Dr, North Charleston, SC 29405.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Duane and Lisa, I'm so sorry about the loss of your mother/mother-in-law!Just remember that the heartache you are experiencing now will turn to treasured memories! You are both in my thoughts and prayers! With deepest sympathy. Love, Sharmon

Posted by Sharmon Bell - New London, MN - Friend   June 29, 2019

Brenda Nickerson was a true South Carolina public health hero! Her career was dedicated to promoting health and eliminating health disparities, and she left behind a rich legacy of accomplishments that will continue to reap benefits for South Carolinians far into the future. Much of her career was spent at DHEC, and some of her crowning achievements there included the Best Chance Network to provide cancer screenings to the medically underserved and the South Carolina Central Cancer Registry that provides the data needed to drive cancer prevention and control efforts.

The latter part of her career was spent at the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, where working tirelessly with Dr. Carolyn Reed, she was instrumental in laying the early foundation for the Hollings Cancer Centers eventually becoming a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center. I got to know Brenda as she played a pivotal role in helping to begin the building of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at the Hollings Cancer Center, a program that is now well established and nationally recognized. But her true passion was for community outreach, and she helped launch many innovative outreach initiatives to educate the community about cancer prevention.

But Brendas professional legacy cannot be measured simply by her accomplishments. She was a delightful colleague whose patience, sense of humor, and keen intelligence helped make any problem seem solvable. Brenda also had an incredible determination and resolve beneath her pleasant demeanor, so for me she embodied the term steel magnolia. Brenda was committed to mentoring, so her spirit and talents also live on in numerous people whose careers were at least partly shaped by her who are currently major contributors to public health in South Carolina.

Brenda will be greatly missed, but through her commitment to healing a troubled world she truly made a difference and her positive impact will continue to be felt far into the future.

Posted by Tony Alberg - Columbia, SC - coworker   June 28, 2019

John...I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I'm thinking of you & sending prayers. God bless you during this difficult time & may all your wonderful memories of Brenda help you find peace. With love & big hugs...Janie

Posted by Janie Mullis - Columbia, SC - Family Friend   June 28, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss John. I am glad you had so many happy years together.

Posted by Sandy Kezer - Charleston, SC - Friend   June 27, 2019

Maryann and Sharon, remembering visits with all of us kids, me and my brother,Gene, would walk up to your parents' house. So many memories - bus rides to Bush River and the high school. Memories are our gifts from God, our Father, to help us during these times of heart-breaking losses. Until then, be comforted.

Kathy Miller Logan (oldest daughter of Jessie & Roy Miller)

Posted by Kathy E Logan Logan - Toronto, OH - Friend   June 27, 2019

Aunt Brenda,

As you rest in a greater state of grace - please know that you were a wonderful auntie. I always loved to be around you and see your bright smile and incredible laugh. Some of my best childhood memories were being at PaPa and MaMa's house about Christmas time and having so many cousins and Aunts and Uncles to keep things exciting. Life sure zips past but thankful I have many fond memories of my Aunt Brenda, and Duane, Caroline, and Bonnie.

Much care and love,


Posted by Jeffrey Batson - TX - Family   June 27, 2019

May God rest your soul, dear Brenda. We love and miss you.

Posted by Richard Sulik - Sarasota, FL - Family   June 26, 2019

So sorry for the loss of my precious cousin, our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time Alan and Dianne Hunnicutt

Posted by alan hunnicutt - Newberry, SC - Family   June 26, 2019

Sharon, Deb, Lorinda & Rick, thinking of you & Brenda's family. Hymn 287 came to mind. Thankful for precious memories you have & peace the God of all comfort gives each day.
Love you much,

Posted by Marylou Gatan - Greensboro, NC - Friend   June 26, 2019

Our dear Sharon & Mary Ann. We are so sorry for your loss. It is always difficult to lose a loved one. You are in our thoughts & prayers as you go through this difficult time. Love Fred & Joyce

Posted by Joyce Vanderslice - Mount Vernon, WA - Family Friend   June 26, 2019

Gailya & George

Posted by Gailya WALTER - Little Swi6, NC - Friend   June 26, 2019

Robert and I are sad to learn this... had thought Brenda was improving. Sending our sincere condolences to John and the family.

Posted by Betty Gore - Charleston, SC - Coworker   June 25, 2019

We lost a grand lady today, a loving wife and a wonderful mother and grandmother. Her service to the nursing profession and to the many sick and family members of the sick and dying will never be forgotten by the lives she touched.

Posted by Elvin &Janet Price - Monroe, GA - Family Friend   June 25, 2019

Praying for the family, praising God for her faith!

Posted by Linda Coleman - Fort Motte, SC - Family Friend   June 25, 2019

Sending love and prayers for all of Brenda's family. My heart is with you.

Posted by Anita Averette - Six Mile, SC - Friend   June 25, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Memories can never be taken away from your heart. Brenda always had a smile on her face, no matter what was happening.
Take care my heart is with you.

Posted by Elizabeth McKay - West Columbia, SC - Friend   June 25, 2019

Love and Prayers to family with deepest sympathy.

Posted by Judy Freeman - Bethune, SC - Friend   June 25, 2019

John, I am so sad to learn of Brenda's death. She was a blessing to all of us. One of my sweetest memories is of your wedding in the Chapel at Pretty Place. Who cold forget the goat eating Brenda's woodlands bouquet...and her wonderful laugh in the midst of it!
I am thinking of her with gratitude for all she did to make this world a better place.
With love and deepest sympathy, Lill

Posted by Lill Mood - Chapin, SC - Friend   June 25, 2019

Want to extend my deepest sympathy to Duane, Caroline, and Bonnie for the loss of your dear sweet Moomsey. There really are no words that will ease the hurt you are experiencing right now, but just know I love you and am here for you if you ever need a shoulder. Aunt Brenda may you rest in peace. You will be missed.

Posted by Deborah Batson - Wilmington, NC - Family   June 25, 2019

May God bring strength to the family. Our prayers and condolences.

Posted by Chief Calvin Collins - Bishopville - Acquaintance   June 25, 2019

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