OBITUARY

James LaVerne Nickles

December 3, 1941June 14, 2014

JAMES LAVERNE NICKLES

James “Jim” Nickles, 72, died June 14, 2014 from complications following surgery. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in Missouri and Iowa. Jim is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bronwyn Bothfeld Nickles, his son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Magen Nickles; his brother-in-law Bob (Susan) Bothfeld; his sister-in-law, Holly (Terry) Miller; nieces Stephanie (Rob) Maldonado, and Heidi (Matt) Senulis; nephews Matthew Bothfeld and Terry (Lauren) Miller, Jr. Jim joined the Marine Corps right after high school and served in Vietnam and Laos. He received his undergraduate and master’s degree from Montana State University in Billings and his Ed.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Greely. Jim went on to teach students with special needs in Montana, Colorado, and Pensacola. He also taught at Troy University and the University of South Alabama before becoming Director of Disability Support Services at Pensacola Junior College in 1993. Jim retired from PJC in 2008. Jim was an Elder at First Presbyterian Church where he taught mid & senior highs, and coached basketball. He was currently a member of Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church. Jim loved to travel, complete crossword puzzles and spend time with his dog, Sophie. Whether it was fishing and relaxing at his retreat with his Cold Creek Lake buddies in Alabama or with family in Cabot, VT, Jim was especially fond of time spent with family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and friend with a big heart and passion to help others. The family would like to thank the hospital staff at Sacred Heart, West Florida, and Select Specialty Hospitals for their compassion and care during Jim’s illness. A Memorial Service with a reception following will be held at Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel is entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society or charity of your choice.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Debbie King

June 19, 2014

Bron,

Jim had such a wonderful way of making all who knew him feel happy and loved. Many special memories from and since our Lakeview days. My heart goes out to you for your loss. You and Robbie are in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs to you...
Debbie King

Marlene McCulley

June 19, 2014

Bron
My heart is a sad for you. Dr. Jim was a one of a kind man and will be so missed by many. Please know you are are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Marlene McLeod McCulley

Nancy Newland Beverly

June 19, 2014

Bron,

I was so sorry to hear about Jim! I enjoyed working with him at PJC and respected his humor and wisdom. He was an honorable man who made a positive difference in this world. I was always happy to know you and Jim created a loving family for Rob as well as for both of you. Thank God for the memories we have of those we love who go before us! Although they may die, love lives beyond death. You and all who love Jim will remain in my prayers.

Pam and John Bilbrey

June 18, 2014

Bron and Rob, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim was a generous and loving man and will be so missed.

June 18, 2014

Bron and Rob,
We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Lynnwood,Traci, Alex & Tori Kent

June 18, 2014

Bronwyn,
I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing away. It was a pleasure to work along with both of you last year. Thank you for your kindness to my family later. I pray for God's peace and grace for you during your time of loss and sadness.
Donna Wiggins

Hugh Yarbrough

June 18, 2014

Bron, Rob and family. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Ya'll are in my prayers and thoughts.

Phil & sue

June 18, 2014

Bron, Jim was a wonderful person and a great friend. We always looked forward to visiting with him at Cold Creek. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and the family.

June 18, 2014

A good man, good friend, and good boss. Thanks for all the advice and lessons, you will be missed. Keith Francis

June 18, 2014

So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to meet him. Ellis A. Osiname, Laurel, MD