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James Nichols

James "Jim" Nichols

Saturday, May 10th, 1947 - Sunday, August 16th, 2020
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Romans 14:8 " For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's."

Romans 14:8 " For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's."

Mr. James "Jim" Whitfield Nichols, son of the late Fred Nichols Sr. and Ellen Hall Nichols, was born in Iredell County, May 10th, 1947. He departed from this earth on August 16, 2020 following an extended illness.

He attended Unity High School and later joined the Army in September 1970, he served his country during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged from the Army as a Corporal/Specialist 4 in 1974.

Mr. Nichols was a carpenter, farmer and mechanic; “a Jim of all Trades”. Jim started his career in landscaping/Heavy Equipment, with Jerry Turner when he left the military. Later he spent many years working with Leon Barker in the Trailer industry and he remained close friends with both Jerry Turner and Leon Barker for life. Jim’s true love was his family and spent a lot of his time being a role model for the men in the family as well as his three daughters. Jim never met a stranger. His kindness and contagious smile was his gift to all that knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by; his former wife, Claudia Nichols Redmon; his brothers, Fred Nichols Jr., Melvin Nichols, Terry Nichols, Stanley Nichols and his grandson, Stephen Benfield.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, his fiancée, Nelda Chambers of the home; his children, Tameka (Timothy) Benfield of Union Grove N.C., LaJanda Bell of Harmony N.C. and Jenifer Nichols (Richard Freeman) of Statesville N.C.; his siblings, JoAnn Studevent of Harmony N.C., Bob Nichols (Mary) of Statesville N.C., and Silva Lewis of Harmony N.C.; his grandchildren, Tyana Redmon and Cameron Tucker, both of Union Grove N.C., Brittany Bell, Kennedy Bell, Jaden Bell, and Shelton Bell, Jr., all of Harmony, N.C., Antonio Steele and Legacy Freeman, both of Statesville N.C.; his great grandsons, Josiah Sepaniak of Union Grove N.C. and Kháza Parsons of Harmony N.C.; his godsons; Todd (Rosa) Steele of Harmony N.C., Travis (Janine) Lewis of Lewisville N.C., Ronnie (Jenifer Small) Eckles of Troutman N.C., Keyshawn Hester of Statesville N.C., and Dennis (April) Eckles of Albany GA.; his goddaughters; JoAnna Nichols (Darin) Sims of Hephzibah GA. and Jonetta (Tommy) Sadler of New Bern N.C., his friend, Patricia Eckles of Harmony N.C. and a host of other nieces, nephews and extended family.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. Burial will follow on Monday morning, August 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at The National Cemetery in Salisbury with Military Rites.

General public viewing be will held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and will resume on Sunday morning, August 23, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral hour.

There will be NO PUBLIC VISITATION (WAKE), unfortunately, with the COVID-19 Virus. We, at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, along with other funeral homes across the country, have been issued a mandate to limit the number of family and/or friends at funeral services. YOU CAN ONLY ENTER THE FUNERAL WITH A FUNERAL PASS WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FAMILY.

TO VIEW ONLINE STREAMING OF THE SERVICE...GO TO FACEBOOK TO Bernardeane's Page
AFTER THE SERVICE IS OVER YOU CAN VIEW THE ONLINE VIDEO BY CLICKING ON HIS PICTURE ON OUR WEBSITE. GO TO The BOOK OF MEMORIES CLICK ON PHOTOS AND VIDEO. YOU WILL SEE A LINK TO FACEBOOK - THAT'S THE ONLINE VIDEO.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    Address
    603 South Center Street
    STATESVILLE, NC 28677
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  • Interment

    Monday, August 24th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, August 24th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    National Cemetery
    Address
    501 Statesville Blvd
    SALISBURY

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Johnny Graham

Posted at 02:12pm
My condolences to the Nichols family. Jim was one of the nicest persons I have ever known. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by all who have ever knew him. Johnny Rae Graham.
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Sandra C

Posted at 07:25am
Sorry to hear oh your loss. I remember when my husband and i used to visit Jim and Nelda from time to time and just talk about the Bible and shared encouraging scriptures together. He really enjoyed that. I just want to send my heartfelt condolences to the family. May you find comfort knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for you and will comfort you during this time. (2Corinthians 1:3,4; 2Thessalonians 2:16,17) Jesus gave us a wonderful hope that we may see our loved ones again when he said at John 5:28,29 that there will be a resurrection. May we keep our eyes on the promises of our Heavenly Father who promised that one day no one will say I am sick, (Isaiah 33:24) and that all our pain, sorrow and even death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3,4) Many prayers are with the family. May you have peace .
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Sam Rose

Posted at 02:26pm
Jim always greeted you with a smile. To me, he was always friendly and respectful. My sympathy goes out to my lifelong friends, JoAnn, Sylva, Nokie and Bob. Jim will undoubtedly be missed by all that knew him, but I am positive your memories will stay with you forever. A funny memory I have of Jim, once I came home from D.C. to visit my Mother and Jim was doing some work for her at her home. I was probably 35 years old and when Jim saw me he said, "Butch, you are really growing up!" Don't forget his smile.

Sincerely, Sam (Butch) Rose

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