Nikki Waits

Born in Hartsville, TN on September 27, 1973

Departed on October 31, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Nikki Waits, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016, at the age of 43. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert Caldwell; grandparents: Edward and Eugenia Coker, Wilson D. and Rebecca Brown and cousin, Amy Fagan.

Survived by her daughter, Erika Caldwell, mother, Frances (Donald) Allen, father, Robert W. Brown, siblings; Jennifer Allen, Robert W. (Tracey) Brown II, Tori (Hayes) Foster, Brandon M. (Skye) Brown, 3 nieces, 3 nephews, uncles; Charles H. Brown, Ralph (Starr) Coker, aunt, Becky Ann (Tommy) Salmond along with many extended family and friends. Nikki will be missed dearly by her Scottish Terrier, William Wallace Waits.

Nikki was born on September 27, 1973 in Hartsville, TN, to Robert W. Brown and Frances Coker. She was Associate V.P. with Franklin American Mortgage. Nikki was a loving and generous mother, hard worker and a loyal friend to many. Nikki could light up a room with her charm and humor. Nikki enjoyed watching movies, vacationing and boating in Destin, FL and reading American classic novel such as To Kill A Mockingbird.  She was a fan of University of Tennessee football and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nikki was an exceptional cook and her family enjoyed her turkey meatballs, pastas and soups.

A Life Celebration for Nikki will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 11AM, officiated by Mr. Chuck Goddard. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 3rd from 4PM-8PM and again on Friday from 10AM-11AM. Burial will be held at Willow Grove Cemetery in Bethpage, TN.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nikki’s name can be made to the family.

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30 Comments to Nikki Waits

  1. Diane
    November 1, 2016 5:52 pm

    Frances and Don, Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  2. Sherri McElhaney
    November 1, 2016 7:08 pm

    Nikki was a pleasure to work with and a joy to be around. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to call her my friend. I am terribly sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing her with us. Even if the time was too brief – we are all grateful for it.

    You are all in my heart.

  3. tamara mcmillan
    November 1, 2016 7:22 pm

    I had the honor of working with Nikki at FAMC for several years before I retired. She was indeed one of the lovliest people I have ever known. Always a smile and remarkable humor. I am saddened for both your loss and her FAMC family. She was and is a true gem.
    Tamara McMillan

  4. Joe & Carleen
    November 1, 2016 7:33 pm

    So sorry for you loss Bob. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Allen Coker
    November 1, 2016 7:37 pm

    Praying for Family, RIP, Nikki

  6. Geoff Worrell & Family
    November 1, 2016 8:06 pm

    My entire family is so deeply saddened. Nikki was always there to help – truly a giver. Our thoughts are with your family at this time.

  7. Renee Tuninetti
    November 1, 2016 8:19 pm

    Erika, I love you and I’m praying for you!!!! Has anyone set up an account for the donations?

  8. Janice/Terry Tuttle
    November 1, 2016 9:06 pm

    Frances and Don my heart hurts for your family. May God comfort you during this trying time. Our loss is Heavens gain. Love you guys

  9. Chris Sneed
    November 1, 2016 9:22 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Nikki was so kind, a good friend, and made the most amazing cheesecake that I’ve ever had, which I know she would want me to say. I will always cherish her memory. Her FAMC family loved her very much. Erika, she shined when she spoke of you, her greatest love. God be with you during this time.

  10. Kristin Joy
    November 2, 2016 12:09 am

    I am so ver sorry for your loss. I worked with Nikki the entire time she was at FAMC and I so enjoyed working with her. She helped make my job easier. We always new if Nikki brought something to eat it would be great! And Erika, your mom was so proud of you and loved to talk about what you were up to. You will all be in my prayers.

  11. Terri and Gary Brakebill
    November 2, 2016 9:18 am

    Thinking of Nikki’s family and friends……We wish you all moments of peace and comfort during such a difficult time. Nikki was one of a kind and was at her happiest when she spoke of Erika. It was a daily ritual for such a long time for me to visit with Nikki each morning in her office. She would give updates on Erika’s life and what play she was preparing for. You could see how proud she was of her daughter’s accomplishments. God bless you all.

  12. THP - Lawrenceburg District
    November 2, 2016 9:51 am


    On behalf of the entire Lawrenceburg (7th) District, we would like extend our deepest sympathy. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. If we can assist you in any way during this very difficult time, please don’t hesitate to call.

    God bless you all!

    Wayne Sellers

  13. Jennie Phillips
    November 2, 2016 12:12 pm

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  14. Kaye Eldridge
    November 2, 2016 12:26 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Nikki for many years and while I didn’t see her often, it was always a delight to see her smile that seemed to light up the room.

    My deepest sympathy to all of her family and friends.

    Kaye Eldridge

  15. Bryan George
    November 2, 2016 12:33 pm

    My sympathy to your family during your difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Nikki was a joy to be around, and will be greatly missed.

  16. Mark Monroe
    November 2, 2016 3:05 pm

    Nikki’s office was next door to mine for 6 years at FAMC. She was always very kind and I am so sorry for your family’s loss. You have my deepest sympathy. Nikki will be missed greatly.

  17. Wayne and Charlene Mason
    November 2, 2016 3:28 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Don and the family. We love yall

  18. Gina Mote / Paul M Pratt Jr
    November 2, 2016 4:10 pm

    On behalf of Full Service Insurance, we are deeply saddened by the loss of Nikki who we enjoyed working with for so many years. She will be dearly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter, and her FAMC co-workers.

  19. Jennie Dean
    November 2, 2016 10:49 pm

    Nikki was not just my daughter in law. She was my friend. A beautiful, intelligent young woman. I miss her so much!!!!

  20. Jennie Dean
    November 2, 2016 10:57 pm

    Nikki was much more than a daughter in law , she was my friend.I will miss her for the rest of my life. Skip dean

  21. Debbie (Bibb) McElligott
    November 3, 2016 1:10 pm

    My sympathy to the family, especially daughter Erika, who was obviously the joy of Nikki’s life. I hired Nikki when she originally came to work at Franklin American. She was smart, funny, and a great cook, as all have said. May God comfort the family and bring peace.

  22. Hawkins Family
    November 3, 2016 2:46 pm


    You and your family are in our prayers. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

  23. Linda King
    November 4, 2016 12:18 am

    If I could have had another daughter it would have been Nikki. Although when she and Kelly were teenagers, there were times I could have pinched their heads off and then they would do something extraordinary. I couldn’t have been more proud. Nikki was a beautiful person, inside and out, a proud mother, a giving person and a good person. I never saw her that she didn’t come to me and give me a hug, I’ll miss them. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially Erika, whom she loved dearly. Love you, Nikki.

  24. Cathy Brown and Terri McWaters
    November 4, 2016 1:05 pm

    Bobby and Family,
    You have our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. We know personally how devastating it is to lose one of your children at a young age as we lost our nephew and stepson three years ago at the age of 31. We can tell you though that Nikki is in a better place doing the work of the Lord and doing it joyfully and painlessly. We pray for God to send you the peace you need to move forward.

    God Bless,
    Your Ohio cousins, Cathy and Terri

    • Bob Brown
      November 7, 2016 10:29 am

      Cathy, Terri,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Nikki was a blessing in our lives and will forever be missed.
      Pray you and your families are well. Thank you

  25. Jane Thomas
    November 6, 2016 11:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Nikki was a beautiful person.

  26. Julie Jarmon
    November 27, 2016 7:04 pm

    My heart goes out to the Waits family and friends of Nikki in your time of sorrow. I know Nikki has left you with many precious memories in her 43 short years. “Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” . (Psalm 34:18)

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