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Herbert Ward “Bobby” Nicklin

Mar 11, 2016

Herbert Ward “Bobby” Nicklin, 92, of Hedgesville, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at home with his loving family by his side.

Born April 23, 1923 in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Clarence Ward and Lillian B. Thompson Nicklin.

He was a 1941 graduate of Martinsburg High School. He later attended West Virginia University and Shepherd College, where he obtained his Bachelor’s (A.B) Degree; and then the University of Maryland, where he earned his Master’s (M.A.) Degree.

Mr. Nicklin was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, with which he was stationed on the U.S.S. Argonne and served in the Pacific Theater.

He was employed by the West Virginia Department of Human Services for 35 years as assistant commissioner of Operations for the entire state, as well as assistant commissioner for the state Medicaid Program. He was the recipient of the Distinguished West Virginian award given by three different governors. He was instrumental in building the West Virginia Juvenile Detention Center. He also served a number of years on the State Council of Aging.

He was a member of First Baptist Church and Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity of West Virginia University. Additionally, he was a past member of the Salvation Army Advisors Board; the American Red Cross Advisory Board and the Eastern Panhandle Training Center Board of Directors.

He is survived by one son, Robert P. Nicklin, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida; eight daughters, Cynthia Nicklin, of Denton, Maryland, Susan Dillon, of Crested Butte, Colorado, Mary Effland, of Jones Springs, Carol Sirpolo, of Adamstown, Maryland, Nancy Triggs, of Inwood, and Rebekah Gray, Francine Kinder and Laureen Burris, of Marlowe; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lyle Prince Nicklin, of Martinsburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Stilwell Kershner Nicklin; one son, Cyrus Ward Nicklin; his first wife, Rose Virginia Gregg Nicklin; and a sister, Dorothy Marie Nicklin Brown.

Fuenral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 7, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Ed Taylor officiating. Military graveside honors were in Rosedale Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com.