The Rev. James Edward Nichols Sr., age 63, of Highway 26, Rockholds, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at Baptist Health Corbin. He was born on May 17, 1953, in Jellico, Tennessee, to the late Pleas Nichols and Bessie (Taylor) Nichols.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Nathaniel Lee Nichols.
James has been a pastor in the Whitley County area for over 25 years with the Mountain Assembly.
He is survived by his loving wife, Katherine Nichols of Rockholds; daughter, Tressa Ann Howington (Kevin) of Rockholds, son, the Rev. James Nichols Jr. (Angie Sunshine) of Rockholds; eight grandchildren, Felisha Wynn, Mariah Nichols, Nathaniel Nichols, Whitney Nichols, Kimberly Bargo, Benjamin Nichols, Cassidy Howington and Jacota Howington; four great-grandchildren, Brylee Noel Gambrel, Jace Wynn, Nora James Nichols and Caleb Clark; three sisters, Brenda Howard of Clay City, Debbie Bridges of Wesley Chapel, Florida and nannie Harris of Brooksville, Florida; special sister-in-law, Christine Hall of Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends to mourn his passing.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at Croley Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Cook Sr. and the Rev. Arlie Petrey officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Croley Addition of Highland Park Cemetery. Nathaniel Nichols, Benjamin Nichols, Jacota Howington, BJ Shriner, Jeremy Wynn and Joshua Gray will serve as pallbearers.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.croleyfuneralhome.com
Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg is in charge of all arrangements, Jerry W. Croley and J. Andrew Croley, directors.
Published on  February 5, 2017