James Charles Nichols

December 23, 1948 - January 20, 2021

James “Jim” Charles Nichols, 72, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.  Jim was born on December 23, 1948, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Geraldine Violet Gilliland Nichols and James Burrell Nichols, Jr.  

In 1953, Jim and his family, the “Four J’s,” moved from Albion, Michigan to Beaumont where he attended Eugene Field Elementary, James Bowie Junior High and graduated in 1967 from French High School.  After graduation, Jim attended Sam Houston State in Huntsville.  During the height of the Vietnam War, Jim and several friends enlisted in the United States Marine Reserves and were stationed at Fort Ord in California.  After returning to Beaumont, he enrolled in Lamar State College studying business. 

In 1955, his parents started Nichols Tile Sales where he worked for many years. An avid lover of nature, Jim enjoyed fishing, walks in the woods and birds. Jim will forever be remembered by his quick wit and infectious smile. A fan of politics, he had not missed a Rush Limbaugh show in twenty years. He kept up with the weather and could tell you what the weather was going to be today, tomorrow, and a week from now. 

Jim is survived by his only sibling, Jadeanne Joy Nichols Hayes and her husband, Jeffrey Lynn Hayes; his wife, Maggie Nichols all of Beaumont; three stepsons, Jorge Isaac Arias, Samuel Alberto Arias and Jorge Alberto Arias, all of Honduras; niece, Kelli Kathryn Hayes Trevino and her husband, Paul Trevino; nephews, James Kyle Hayes and his wife, Ann Perkins Hayes and Jason Roy Hunter Hayes, and his wife Janice Mazzoli Hayes, all of Beaumont.  Jim was also blessed to have many great nieces and nephews that adored him, James Jeffrey Trevino, William Jordan Reese, IV, Mary-Caroline Trevino, David Carroll Perkins Reese, Anne Kathryn Trevino, Lauren Grace Hayes, Walker O’Hara Reese, William Huston Hayes, James Jeffrey Harrison Hayes and Elizabeth James Trevino. 

He is preceded in death by one day by his only child, Abigail Violet Nichols and his parents Jerry and Jim Nichols.         

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont, Texas.                        

The family asks that masks be worn graveside and social distancing guidelines are observed at all times.

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Forest Lawn Memorial Park

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  • 4955 pine st beaumont tx 77703

Graveside Service

Graveside Service
  • 4955 pine street beaumont tx 77703
  • 01/26/2021
  • 1:00 pm

Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue

Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
  • 2000 mcfaddin avenue beaumont tx 77701

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Debbie Terrell Riley

So many great memories with Jimbo my entire life. From childhood to the present, because if you were Jimbo's friend, you were a friend for life. He may not call you every day but you never knew when he would just show up to check on you with that big smile! You will be missed, love ya!

Nancy Budd Pattie

Jadeanne, Maggie, and Jim's family members, So saddened by Jim's sudden passing, and Abby's as well, my heart breaks for each of you. I met Jim as a young teen and fell in love with the entire Nichols Family, so many fond memories of the days gone by, and the fun times we shared. I hope you will each find peace in days to come, so extremely hard to get though these times, Love and hugs to each of you,♥

Pam and Dean Lavoie

Our deepest condolences to Jim’s family, he will surely be missed.

Paula Sawyer

Prayers and condolences from the Sawyer family

Becky & Rodney Ames

Thoughts and prayers with the family.

Vickie Styles

Prayers for your family on the loss of Jim and Abby. They were both sweet persons. May good memories comfort you during this time.

Phyllis M. Miller

Praying that you will feel God's comfort at this sad time.

C. Raynine White Bordelon

How this brings tears of sorrow and joy at the same time for me. I remember my grandmother, whom I called "Nana", Gladys Marie Anding Shoupe speaking so fondly of your family; Jimbo and Mr. Jim Nichols and his wife. My Nana worked for them in the office and was the best of friends with Mr, Jim all my life. She and I went to visit Mr. Jim in the last place I knew him to live, home on Collier Rd Bmt. WE would go visit and they would sit on the small couch and laugh and talk... He used to go visit her when they were able to drive still... Best of friends they were. My heart breaks with yours. May God give you lasting peace knowing ALL IS WELL with the Lord