When Ophelia Nichols was young, she loved her father. She grew up in Dog River, Alabama, and she was her father’s third child, from his third marriage. Speaking with AL.com, Nichols remembered her dad as “very funny, very friendly, never met a stranger, accepted all people.” She said much the same in a TikTok video posted in July 2023, revealing that her father ran a used car lot for several decades. “There wasn’t a customer that didn’t like my daddy,” she recalled.
Unlike many used car salesmen, Nichols said her father was willing to work with families in need, reducing down payments to make sure that people who needed cars got them. Nichols insisted, “He was so kind.” Unfortunately, he died when she was a teenager, suffering a heart attack while at a used car auction.
Nichols said her mother took the loss very hard. “My dad died when I was 13,” Mama Tot explained on The Dumb Blonde Podcast. “That entire year after he passed, I didn’t really see my mama … She just kinda disappeared to her room, you know, didn’t wake me up for school, didn’t cook, didn’t do anything.” Even though this was traumatic for the young Nichols to go through, she noted that now she would be just as upset if her own husband had died. She allowed, “I empathize with that.”
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