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NICHOLS, James W. age 86, of Zephyrhills, FL, passed peacefully at Hernando Pasco Hospice in Dade City on May 18th, 2013. For the past nine years, Jim was married to Jean Nichols of Zephyrhills where they both enjoyed playing tennis, kayaking, camping, and traveling throughout the United States. Born and raised in the Detroit area, Jim served in the Navy during WWII, afterwards earning a degree in education from Michigan State University. Jim married Ellen Nichols of Newago, MI and raised four children, settling in Traverse City, MI where he was employed with the Social Security Administration. After retiring, Jim moved to Florida for the remainder of his life. He loved playing tennis with his friends at the McCannon Courts in Zephyrhills, where his wonderful, dry sense of humor was greatly appreciated. Even after it became difficult for him to do so, Jim attended the Christian Missionary Alliance church in Zephyrhills. Jim is survived by his wife, Jean; his four children, Gail, Steve, Kirk, Rebecca; grandchildren, Nami, Tim, David, Michael, Chelsie, Jessica, Seth, Elijah, Kelsey, Deward; and Jean's children, Rick, Missy, and Cheri. Preceding Jim in death was granddaughter, Heather. Arrangements have been made with the National Cremation Society, with interment at a yet-to-be-determined date at the National Veterans Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 22, 2013