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Gregory H. Nickleberry    Share on Facebook
Passed Away: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Gregory H. Nickleberry



Gregory Howard Nickleberry Sr. passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Covenant Healthcare-Harrison. Age 64 years. He was born September 23, 1948 in Saginaw, Michigan to Vernon and Marie Nickleberry.

A lifelong resident of Saginaw, Michigan, Gregory was a graduate of Saginaw High School class of 1966. He furthered his education by receiving an associate’s degree from Delta College. Gregory had various jobs but none captured his heart more than counseling those dealing with addiction. At the age of 41 years, he began working for First Ward Community Center where he counseled those battling with addiction. He continued this fight until his health began to fail. Gregory had a great sense of humor, love to talk and fish. He was best known as one of the sharpest dressing men in the Saginaw area. His presence will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Gregory leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 46 years, Joan Nickleberry; one daughter, Thomasine Nickleberry; three sons, Gregory H. Nickleberry Jr., Charles (Shawn) Williams Nickleberry, Darnell (Constance) Louis; twenty-nine grandchildren, that were deeply loved and cherished which includes Monique and Trevian Nickleberry whom he and his wife raised as their own; twelve great-grandchildren; his beloved nieces and nephews, Anita Arthur Chester, Aretha (Don) Arthur Anderson, Autrola Arthur Washington, Delores Taylor, Apral Williams, James Williams, Terry Poole, Alphonse Poole and Mary Foote; four sisters-in-law, Thomasine Murray, Gwendolyn Lavender, Joyce Williams, Arlynn Smith; many other relatives and friends including special friends, Henry Hatfield, Garfield Lawson Sr. and Omawole Art Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Marie Nickleberry, mother and father-in-law, Lela Mae and Leroy Charles Williams, two brothers, James V. and Ronnie Nickleberry, one sister, Brenda Nickleberry Aron, his best friend, Theodis Turner.

The family wishes to express special thanks to god-daughter, Deidre Sanders, nieces, Anita Arthur Chester and Kimberly Wright, nephew, Michael Williams, friend, Mr. Lavell Johnson, daughter-in-law, Shawn Turner and family friend, Margie Dallas.



September 23, 1948
March 28, 2013
Date/Time: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Paradise Funeral Chapel
Address: 3100 South Washington Avenue
City/State: Saginaw, Michigan
Phone: (989) 754-4826
Service Plans
Date/Time: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:00am
Location: Messiah Missionary Baptist Church
Address: 2615 Williamson Road
City/State: Saginaw, Michigan
Phone: (989) 777-2636
Officiating: Pastor Otis Washington
Interment: Forest Lawn Cemetery


M Dallas
May 1st, 2013 11:30 am
I just needed to say that the love you feel and share with a family that loves and feels the same way for you is amazing. From the first day I met Mr. Nickleberry until the day he took his last breath he made me feel as if I was truly a blood relative and he made me know he appreciated me! Man RIH Mr. Nickleberry.....Mr. Too sexy for ya shirt (his last words that had me cracking up)God Bless my other family, Mrs.Joan Nickleberry Charles, Thomasine, Gregory Jr, and Darnell be blessed to know someone close to God is watching, holding and loving yall!
Katrina Burton
April 24th, 2013 8:59 am
To the nickleberry family ive learned one thing from greg that is in order for God to forgive you ,you must make amends to the people you have harmed in life and for many years i done that to your family but today God put it on my heart to ask your family to please forgive so that i can free myself ,and grow in the word of God .
katrina burtonqa
April 24th, 2013 8:47 am
To the Nickleberry family I know this may come as a surprise to you all,However I am not at all trying to be funny but Greg will be missed by many people because he touched many lives in many ways and if I ever was sorry for any thing in life I'm sorry Mrs Joan and in order for God to forgive me i must firs make amends to the people I've harmed in life may God bless and keep your family .
aaron l.sykes
April 8th, 2013 5:41 pm
im in lost for words when i first met greg in 1990 at first ward thru the summer program along with the late bobby stith and hatfield,help got me a summer job and later on down the line i found out i was related but all wanna to say thank you for being a role model for the community and keepin the kids on the right track you are surely gonna be missed. R.I.H GREG
B.J. Roberson, C. Jones, Gladys williams & B. Jackson
April 4th, 2013 7:34 pm
We have known greg for many years. He was always a friend, may he rest in peace...To the Nickleberry family trust in God with all your heart...He will ease your pain....remember all the good memories that you have...Our prayers & thoughts are with you...
Kathleen Shaw & Renee Reid
April 4th, 2013 7:24 pm
Our deepest condolences our prayers are with you.
Ingrid Barkley
April 4th, 2013 2:31 pm
Dear Joan,"Baby Du", Nickelberry & Williams Families,Please accept our sincerest condolences on the homegoing of Greg. May God bless and keep you safe, and give you strength during this trying time. He will be missed in our family. He touched all of us in some special way. We go back a long way. I remember when him and I played in Mr. Rovansek's orchestra class!(Arthur Eddy Jr. high school) Greg played the cello and I played the violin. We had a lot of fun! Rest in peace Greg! Love to you Family. Sincerely, Ingrid, Lionel, Harry, Andre & Mrs. Barbara Barkley
Della Mathious-Simmons
April 4th, 2013 11:19 am
To the Nickleberry Family: Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
salathiel...LIL 3
April 4th, 2013 3:32 am
I dont know what to say not mr Nickleberry man im going to miss him mr Greg in his loving wife is so nice to us we look at them as our uncle in aunt im happy to have know him now all i have is memories ms joan im sorry for your loss trevian man be strong i love you bro in ms joan i love you if you need help with anything call my moma Loretta in i will come help you im sad in i will miss the greg the sharp man i look up to as my uncle rip greg
ladell belvin
April 4th, 2013 3:24 am
Rest easy mr Nickleberry you was like a uncle to me in everytime me my moma Loretta came over you was always dress up im going to really miss you i cant believe you gone im sad
shanique belvin
April 4th, 2013 3:20 am
April 4th, 2013 3:16 am
Ossie and Anita Jackson
April 3rd, 2013 7:45 pm
Joan and Family, Ossie and I are praying for you that God will ease your pain and provide you peace. Our heart goes out to you, your children and grandchildren, Joyce and Gwen. Know that we love you and ask God's blessings over you all. Our deepest sympathies.
Lee Box Sr. & Family
April 3rd, 2013 5:14 pm
To Joan, the Nickleberry & Williams Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We know that Greg is in God's hand and we can rest assured that one day we will see him again. May God bless and keep you all. RIH Greg.
Ricky Johnson
April 3rd, 2013 2:16 pm
Joan, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Greg. Stay strong and remember, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Ricky Johnson
Paul and Tina Martin
April 3rd, 2013 10:50 am
Our heartfelt condolence is extended to Von and Sara Nickleberry, and the entire Nickleberry family. You are in our prayers.
Que Winters
April 3rd, 2013 10:20 am
Rest in peace My Neighbor&Friend 14th Street
Debra Dilard
April 3rd, 2013 10:01 am
To the Nickleberry family and associate family to Greg,you all are in my prayers,asking God to comfort you in your time of sorry as only he can. Greg shurly left his foot print in his walk of life,yes he will be missed by many.May his many friends that i know James Henry and Henry Hatfield cherrish his memories with your family,for they are like family too. God bless you all.
April 3rd, 2013 9:57 am
Condolences to the Nickleberry Family RIP Gregory you will be missed.
Wanda McClendon
April 3rd, 2013 3:03 am
Joan and the Nickleberry family. You are in my prayers. Greg was a good man and a great mentor. He pushed me and encouraged me to continue my education and I haven't looked back. Remember the good times. God bless your family.
Lula Woodard
April 3rd, 2013 2:48 am
To Joan and family I am praying for you during this time of loss. My deepest sympathy. Truly Gregg was "Mr. Servant" of our Community and an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing him to me as well as the residents of the City of Saginaw.
Larry Martin
April 2nd, 2013 11:29 pm
RIH my friend, I've known you all my life, and can always remember our meetings as warm and joyful events. always a friend to talk jive with, but always there to help others who needed help as well. and always keeping a smile on your face in good or bad times. I'm gonna truly miss you bro. man. we didn't get that chance to play our chess game, but you can play Kenny and Bruce Longuemire now as you walk around heaven all day!!! again rest in heaven!!! your old friend "Heavey"
Pastor Dempsey Allen
April 2nd, 2013 9:46 pm
Dear Joan and family I was sadden to learn of Greg's passing. We go all the way back to junior high school and were reunited when Greg began working at 1st Ward. We've had a meaningful friendship down through the years. Please know that the Lord is able to dry your tears and sooth the pains our of your broken hearts. My family and the Jacob's Ladder family are praying for your strength and courage to be renewed by our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Children of Theodis Turner
April 2nd, 2013 7:58 pm
To the Nickleberry Family, We were so sad to hear about the passing of Mr. Greg. Our father, Theodis and he were such good friends, in friends. We want you to know that we will keep you in our prayers and thoughts during this most difficult time. May God comfort you. Children of Theodis Turner Daughter, Thea Turner Burress Daughter, Tara Turner Velez Son, Kevin Dawkins
Tina Lindsey-Watley
April 2nd, 2013 7:30 pm
To the Nickleberry family my deepest sympaty is with you all. Greg touched many lives including mine he will never be forgotten. I love yall and may God keep yall and fill the void.God bless.
The Bender Family
April 2nd, 2013 4:26 pm
To the Nickleberry, Williams and Arthur Family. I would like to give my deepest sympathy for your loss. To my special friend and sister Thomasine, I love you and praying for you all. Your father touched a lot of lives and will be missed.
Sonia mosqueda
April 2nd, 2013 4:23 pm
Aunt Joan just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and the family praying for you all!! Love you ❤
Aretha McNair Hairston
April 2nd, 2013 4:19 pm
lVivian Ann Sanders Howard
April 2nd, 2013 3:36 pm
To The Nickleberry and Williams Family My deepest condolences for your lose my prayers are with you at this difficult time God Bless you.
Denise Tyiska
April 2nd, 2013 2:14 pm
To the Nickleberry Family, May God be your strength. My prayers are with the family, Joan,Thomasine,and Anita Arthur...have joy in knowing that many people who struggled with addictions and other issues of life have been helped by Greg. He was never without an answer! I can hear him saying now..."Why fatten frogs to feed snakes?" Continue to trust in the true and living God. Denise Gipson Tyiska (Bay City)
Reena Meredith
April 2nd, 2013 1:55 pm
To The Nickleberry Family my prayer for you Joan and your family to trust and lean on the Lord at hard time like this but to belive that GOD has a master purpose for us. Mr. Nickleberry has touch a lot of people in the community that will miss his dearly. We have to thank the Lord because Greg did live to have an inpack on our lives one way or another. Keeping you in my prayer Ressie
dale mitchner
April 2nd, 2013 1:20 pm
to joan and the nickleberry/willam family our prayer are with u and the family ,father god i come to you asking you to give the family strength to gett them threw in time of their loss psalm---29 said the lord will give you strenght unto his people .the lord will bless his people with peace,greg rest in peace thank you lord for life you that you gave greg on this earth.with love jackie brooks and family may god bless you all
dale mitchner
April 2nd, 2013 1:19 pm
to joan and the nickleberry/willam family our prayer are with u and the family ,father god i come to you asking you to give the family strength to gett them threw in time of their loss psalm---29 said the lord will give you strenght unto his people .the lord will bless his people with peace,greg rest in peace thank you lord for life you that you gave greg on this earth.with love jackie brooks and family may god bless you all
Nina T
April 2nd, 2013 12:44 pm
To the Nickleberry I was inspired as a young woman to go to college by Greg and as I attended he encourage me to finish. I am and always be grateful for the inspiration he has and will have on my life.. God has said job well done my son... to my friend.. I hope the help and impact that Greg has had on so many people lives would be a great comfort to you at this time... May God cover you with his Grace..
Michael Welch Lawrence
April 2nd, 2013 11:03 am
My deepest condolences to the family and friends and community who knew and loved Greg as the genuine man he was and will be remembered as. May the experiences shared comfort and strengthen as the days expire and the memories linger. GOD be with you!
Glenda Rockett
April 2nd, 2013 10:37 am
My deepest sympathy to Minister Nickleberry and extended family members. May God give you strength in your time of need.
April 2nd, 2013 9:29 am
To the Nickleberry & Williams family our deepest sympathy and sincere prays to your family
Joyce Blackmon O'Daniels & The Entire Blackmon Family
April 2nd, 2013 12:36 am
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Nickleberry's and the extended family. Joan, you was really the pillar for Greg for many many years and I know within my and from experience that you will be Blessed in more ways you can imagine. I know you will miss him much but keep believing in God and he will fill your heart with joy for you to carry on. May God Bless and Keep you Strong to carry this heavy load you are carrying at this moment. It does get a little easier with time. GOD BLESS.....FROM THE ENTIRE BLACKMON FAMILY.
Betsy Little
April 2nd, 2013 12:11 am
Dear Joan and Family, I am very sorry to hear of Greg's death. As a childhood friend, I remember him as a gentle soul. My heart goes out to you all. Peace and Love to you always.
Mr Orlando Jones Sr
April 1st, 2013 6:47 pm
Joan it is with heartfelt sympathy& condolence to hear of Gregg's passing. He was my friend & I've known Gregg since I was a teenagers growing up with Carl & the Gordon family. I will miss his smile & cool demeanor. He always encouraged me. May God bless you & keep you. May God make his face to shine down upon you & grant you his peace. I'm praying for you. Be Encouraged.
Angela (Lett)Foster
April 1st, 2013 6:18 pm
My sincere condolences to the Nickleberry Family. May the grace of God comfort you during this difficult time. Years ago I worked with Greg at First Ward Community Center with Henry Hatfield and Bobby Stitt. As an awesome team they worked tirelessly to help those with substance abuse addiction and to help young men get off the street and away from crime while guiding them in a better direction. Greg was a visionary and ahead of his time. I learned so much about life and the true meaning of being commitment and dedication to a cause. Greg Nickleberry made a difference and now his soul can rest in peace with our Lord and Father Jesus Christ.
The Morgan Family
April 1st, 2013 3:10 pm
To the Nickleberry family, our prayers are with you through these difficult times Greg was good to us all.
Omowale A. Smith
April 1st, 2013 1:48 pm
Joan, the wisdom of our Afrikan ancestors say that the life of the human spirit is eternal. . . and that we come into the world for a purpose . . . and that we don't return to the spirit realm until we fulfill that purpose. While we still grieve the passing of our beloved brother,we think about all the good times and the bad and we are reminded that the depths of our tears are only equal to the height of our joy. . .that the same things that makes us cry makes us laugh, and we know why this brother is so loved. He knew he was blessed to have you at his side Joan and he loved you and family, unconditionally. The lessons we draw from his legacy of family, strength, compassion and care for the vulnerable will continue to bring good into the lives of all who knew him. May God grant you and the family peace and eternal blessings.
The Jones Family
April 1st, 2013 1:12 pm
May you find strenght in your time of need and following moments to come.Take refuge in the Lord for he is your shelter. Mr.Nickleberry has always been so respectful to me. I will surly miss his smile, seeing him ride around town, or sitting on the porch with his lovely wife Mrs Joan. my sincere condolences to your family those far and near in Jesus name.May God give you restoraton Amen
Wayne[Cat],Chris Jernigan
April 1st, 2013 12:51 pm
To the Nickleberry familey prayin for you all in your time of sorry,keep GOD close an he will see u through. GODS GRACE AN MERCY BE UNTO YOU.
thea gibbs
April 1st, 2013 11:36 am
To the Nickleberry and Arthur family: I am so sorry for the great loss of my uncle Gregg. He was a great help to everyone, especially me, during the tough times I've been going through. I am really going to miss him. To Joan, my friend Nita, and all of you, I am prayig for you. I love you all. Thea Gibbs
frank & mary pickett
March 31st, 2013 11:10 pm
the Nickleberry Family is in our prayers.God will bless the whole family. thank -you Jesus.
Shirley Warren
March 31st, 2013 10:54 pm
To the Nickleberry family from the Warren family our prayers go out to you all
Amy Faber
March 31st, 2013 8:10 pm
Rest In Peace Greg. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers Love ya
Close friend
March 31st, 2013 6:06 pm
Greg Nickleberry, a legend, my friend Love always, rest in peace..
Bernice Williams
March 31st, 2013 5:21 pm
My condolences go out to Joan and the Nickleberry family, Greg servant job well done, Greg will truly be missed. My God keep His arms around the family, God love's you all and so do I.
Joyce Phillips
March 31st, 2013 3:21 pm
May God give to peace in your time of sorrow.
Deidrea Sanders & Family
March 31st, 2013 2:28 pm
To Joan, I want you to know that I love you and you are in my prayers daily. God will not put more on you than you can bear. Stayed in prayer and He will see you through this. Love DeeDee Sanders
Jessie & Earline McDaniel & Family
March 31st, 2013 11:35 am
To the Nickelberry & Williams Families: Our deepest condolences for your lose. May God Bless and be with all of you and give you strenth in your hours and days of sadness. Our Prayers go out to all of you.
Freddie Hooker
March 30th, 2013 11:50 pm
Mrs. Joan Nickleberry & family, Greg had many friends and forever he will always hold a special place within me, Greg was some kind of a man who never met a stranger, I know because when me and Greg met I thought,I had met a stranger, but little did I know I had met a real FRIEND. Thank you Greg R.I.P. Your friend forever. Freddie L. Hooker.
Sona Carruth
March 30th, 2013 3:12 pm
to the Nickleberry family I regret hearing of the loss of such a special person he will be sorely missed. His earthly work has been done now his heavenly prescence was summoned and that family was the greatest call of all. Stay string in God for Greg is now in his loving embrace. Peace and Love.
Rachel Bailey
March 30th, 2013 6:15 am
I'm going to miss my mentor and friend and no one can take his place, he will never be forgotten.
Phil Bowman
March 30th, 2013 1:22 am
Joan, I just found out about Greg's passing and you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. As you know, since childhood, Greg and I haved shared a very special, deep, extended family, and spirital relationship. May God bless you and the Nickleberry family during this difficult time. I have always had the deepest appreciation for the unconditional love that you provided Greg even under difficult circumstances. Life was not easy for Greg, but he was one of the strongest, most intelligent, and wises people I know. God knows that his life was blessed by you - and may he rest in peace. Love, Phil Bowman
Ronnie & Joann Ezell
March 30th, 2013 12:18 am
To Joan, may the peace an comfort of GOD console the family during your time of bereavment Greg eneregtic sprit was to help others we will miss his smile an being encouring to others god will see you through hold on to god unchanging hands 2nd timothy he has fought a good fight an finshed his courses he kept the faith down throught the years
Alice Hunt N Family
March 30th, 2013 12:03 am
To The Nickleberry Family N Friends U Have My Condolence N Prayer
J. Jordan-Ford
March 29th, 2013 11:31 pm
R. I. P.
Theresa Cooper
March 29th, 2013 10:31 pm
Prayers go out to The Family of Mr.BlackBerry Family truly he will missed but never forgotten....R.I.P Greg
Betty King
March 29th, 2013 9:49 pm
To the Nickleberry family sorry for your loss, Greg was a very pleasant man who I had the opportunity to work with at First Ward. Praying the family strength in the Lord.
Rev. Dr. Willie F. Casey
March 29th, 2013 9:47 pm
Wow I have known Greg for a long time. Mrs. Nickleberry was our musician at St. Paul Baptist Church and we lived around the corner on 15th street. I can remember Jimmy and Ronnie too. God bless the family I will surely miss Greg he always looked out for the youngsters who came behind him. Blessings to the family.
ali rogers and family
March 29th, 2013 7:17 pm
we are praying for the family and sending our love to all if there is any thing we can do let us know God Bless you all and love
Trushone k Harris
March 29th, 2013 6:27 pm
My prayers go out to the Nickleberry family. My ex-father in-law will be miss dearly, you was a happy go person. My girls will miss you dearly. We love you may you rest in peace.
Cleo & Bernice Bell
March 29th, 2013 4:56 pm
We would like to send our condolences to Joan and the rest of the Nickleberry family. Our prayers are with you in your time of need.
Harold Presley
March 29th, 2013 4:51 pm
My deepest condolences to the Nickleberry family. I've knew Greg since we were teenagers and remember him most as a good guy. I will miss him very much.
Harold Presley
March 29th, 2013 4:49 pm
It seems I've know you all my life. You were a reall good guy with a heart of gold. You will be missed greatly brother Greg. God Speed, my friend. RIH.
vennie riley
March 29th, 2013 12:19 pm
3/29.2013/FRI...I am truly sorry for your loss. Praying that GOD will see you thru your times of grieving. Have known Greg for years. Used to work with him at First Ward. Great friend. Rest assured that GOD will put no more on us than we can bear whether we are going thru troubles or sickness in our bodies & HE never makes any mistake. Please look to the LORD to carry you thru....VENNIE
Carroll A. Beverly & Family
March 29th, 2013 9:26 am
Joan, God Bless you and yours in your hour of need. I love you. Peace!
pat swilley
March 29th, 2013 8:22 am
To Joan and Nickleberry Family: You are in my sincere prayers. We all loved him, but God loved him more. I am going to miss MY big brother. Look to the hills from whence comes your help, all your help comes from the Lord. Greg was a great inspiration and a pillar to a lot of people in the community. He will surely be misses by many. Rest in peace bro...see you on the other more more suffering. I will miss you terribly. Love, your little sis, Mrs. Pat(Trish) Issac Swilley
Bernice Nowell McGlothin
March 28th, 2013 9:46 pm
My deepest condolences to the Nickleberry Family.
Bernice Nowell McGlothin
March 28th, 2013 9:45 pm
My deepest condolences to the Nickleberry Family.
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