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James W. Nichols

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

James W. Nichols, 83, of Rockford, Ill., died April 12, 2006, while vacationing in Cherokee Village.

He was born April 14, 1922, in LaGrange, Ky., the fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Nichols.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers -- L.B., Sam, Emil and Bruce; a half-sister, Mattie; and two sons -- Philip in 1969 and Kirby in 1984.

He married Frances Virginia Martin on Aug. 8, 1943, in Evening Star, Ark. They were blessed with six children, Carolyn (Bill) Kuchar, James Nihols, Philip Nichols, Noel (Vicky) Nichols, Rita (Bill) Decker, and Kirby Nichols,

He served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army during World War II in Germany and France. Coming to Rockford in 1950, he worked at Atwood Vacuum Machine for 28 years. After retiring Jim and Frances operated the Best Flowers Florist in Corning, Ark., before reitring to Cherokee Village for 16 years.

He returned to Rockford in 2001 to live in the Christian Life Retirement Center.

Active in his Christian life, he served as board member for 12 years at the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Rockford, and Sunday school superintendent at the United Pentecostal Church, Corning, Ark.

He also attended at Faith Tabrnacle in Hoxie and New Life Church in Harvard, Ill.

Survivors include his wife; children; grandchildren, Josh (fiancee, Shannon), Kim, Melody (Andre), Johnathan, Gabriel and Jennifer and stepgrandchildren Nathan (Diane), Nicole (Chris), Greg (Jessica), and Mark; many nieces and nephews; and friends, brothers and sisters in Christ.

The funeral services were held in Rockford April 17 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Spurlock of New Life Church officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were under the direction of Tri-county Cherokee Chapel of Hardy.