Nick C. Finley Jr.
Nick C. Finley Jr. was born on Jan. 21, 1951, in Uvalde, Texas, to Ellen and Nick C. Finley Sr.
Nick was such a strong, loving, and engaging man who enjoyed his family, music, dancing, storytelling, and all things Texas, with a special affection for Garner State Park. Nick graduated from Uvalde High School in 1968 and spent his adult life traveling throughout the Western United States and in Texas working for Justin and Chippewa Boots then later as a landman.
In 1993, Nick got the news of his first cancer diagnosis. The prognosis at the time said life was going to be different and shorter than expected. But it wasn’t – over the next 25 years, he endured several surgeries, one of the first ever stem cell transplants, two bone marrow transplants, multiple cycles of chemotherapy, radiation, and so much more.
And yet, his strength, spirit, and “Nickness” never wavered. He continued to look forward, giving love and attention to his family and friends. In spite of all the hardships, Nick would always tell you he was the most blessed and favored person you would ever know. Giving up wasn’t in him. But he did say there would come a day when it would just be time to go. To him, it wouldn’t be giving up, he would simply be taking the final step of his journey. Early in the morning on April 30, 2018, he took that last step and waltzed across Texas and right into Heaven.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ann B. Finley.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Deets and Tina Finley of Boerne; his children and their spouses, Blair and Todd Dorris of Uvalde, Bess and Sean Kidd of New Braunfels, Michael and Cristina Wright of Liberty Hill, John and Michelle Wright of San Antonio, Amy and David Little of Norman, Oklahoma, and Tom and Kresta Wright of San Antonio; 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
There will be two services to celebrate all things Nick. The first will be Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Uvalde, with long-time friend and pastor, Rev. Jerry Scott, and son, Pastor Michael Wright, officiating. Another friend, Jim Jackson, will lead the music and friends will share stories.
On Sunday, May 20, all of Nick’s Garner friends and family will gather at the Garner State Park Pavilion at 10 a.m. for a time of remembrance, a church service, and a last dance. All are invited to either or both.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Central Texas, www.lls.org/south-central-texas, or to the Nick and Ann Finley Memorial Scholarship Fund at Fellowship Church, 3600 R 1869, Liberty Hill, TX, 78642.
The preceding is a paid obituary.