GAINESVILLE, FLA. James Larry Nichols passed away on October 2, 2012 at Shands Healthcare hospital associated with the University of Florida Health Science Center in Gainesville, Florida from complications associated with pulmonary fibrosis. |
Larry was a graduate of the Midland High School class of 1958; He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 1962, a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech in 1972 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi in 1996.
Larry was recruited in high school by the United States Air Force Academy where he enjoyed numerous accomplishments and cultivated a lifelong love of airplanes, flying and camaraderie. He served as a refueling pilot in the Viet Nam War and was honorably discharged as a Captain in the United States Air Force in 1966.
Larry began his career working in the family business of Cappadonna's Lighting Center and later became owner of Blackhawk Electrical Supply Company, both in Midland, Texas. In 1992, Larry pursued his law degree and was an active attorney in Ft. Myers, Florida. He was a member of the SASS (Single Action Shooting Society), the IHMSA (International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association) and the ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society).
Larry is survived by his two daughters, Stephanie Ruth Blackwell of Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Phyllis Jean Henderson of Gainesville, Florida, and six grandchildren, Leslie Nicole Baker and Derek Leslie Baker of Fort Worth, Texas, Calloway Nichols Ellis ("Callie") and Melvin Calloway Ellis, IV ("Beau") of Mayhew, Mississippi, and Sadie Kay Henderson and Macy Jean Henderson of Gainesville, Florida.
We will remember Larry first and foremost as "one of the good guys," with a silly sense of humor and an "action item" list a mile long. As Larry said, he "lived in the moment;" his positive attitude, unstoppable optimism and sense of adventure were both remarkable and infectious.
In honor of Larry's wishes, a small family service will take place in June 2013 at the Southwest City Cemetery in Southwest City, Missouri, where the Nichols family plot is located.
Larry's family requests that anyone wishing to make donations in his honor please direct their efforts to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/ or the Southwest City Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 248, Southwest City, Missouri, 64863.
Arrangements are entrusted to Williams-Thomas Funeral Home of Gainesville, Fla.
Published in Odessa American on Oct. 31, 2012