Woodstock Funeral Home

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James Joseph Nicolletta

March 21, 1947June 10, 2020
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James Joseph Nicolletta, age 73, of Marietta, GA, passed away on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020. He was born in Cincinnati, OH on March 21st, 1947.

James grew up in northern Kentucky, where he went to Newport Catholic High School. As a natural athlete, he played basketball there and obtained a basketball scholarship to St. Joseph College in Indiana. James taught at Newport Catholic High and later at St. Bernard grade school in Dayton, KY. He later moved to Chicago with his wife, Marlene and worked for American Airlines. He was later promoted to regional manager and moved to Atlanta. James also had a successful career in the gift industry for many years. Mr. Nicolletta had a passion for music. He was a talented musician in The Rhythm Raiders and he loved playing and listening to the Blues.

James has been reunited with his sister, Peggy Nicolletta, and parents, Virginia and Nicholas Nicolletta. He leaves to cherish in his memory, wife of 48 years, Marlene (Skoog) Nicolletta; sons, Jeff Nicolletta and his wife Lindsey, Jay Nicolletta; daughter, Angie Nicolletta; beloved grandchildren, Anne Nicolletta, Sienna Nicolletta; and sisters, Jane Nicolletta and her husband, James Spurlock, Elaine Nicolletta and her husband Audie Smith. James also leaves behind many loved ones nieces and nephews and cherished friends. James was also an animal lover, he leaves behind his 3 dogs Buddy, Missy and Magnus.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Thursday, June 18th, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Woodstock Funeral Home, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Woodstock Funeral Home. A catered reception will be held at Woodstock Funeral Home after services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to

Must Ministries

111 Brown Industrial Pkwy

PO Box 1696

Canton, GA 30114


Be sure to indicate that the donation is in honor of Mr. Nicolletta. Include note requesting acknowledgment to family and our address.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Thursday, June 18, 2020


  • Catered Reception

    Thursday, June 18, 2020


James Joseph Nicolletta

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Dinah Devoto

June 18, 2020

Sharing your sadness and hoping happy memories replace the empty spot Jimmy has left.

Ruth Hendrix

June 18, 2020

Seems we met at the start of your married journey as I attended your wedding. Marlene and Jim quite a pair. Recall our boat ride down on the Ohio and Jim's visit out to Lake Oconee to share joining a friends music time at a bar and grill there. I so enjoyed your photo album and seeing Jim in his music style poses! He was the entertainer. I am so pleased that I had heard Jim play and had visits at your home in these later years. Nice dinner conversations and Jim's occasional jamming was very much enjoyed. Marlene, Angie, Jay and Jeffery the photos show what a blessed dad you had and give you many memories to savor. Best to you all.

Terri Alvey

June 18, 2020

My prayers go out to the Nicolletta family. Jim is truly missed at Rusty Barrel. He was so loved by all. The Blues Jam will never be the same. We love you Jim. RIP my friend.

Mary Anne Burkardt

June 14, 2020

I grew up in Northern Kentucky and new “Jimmy “ when we were kids growing up. His mother was my dearest godmother with whom I was close to all my life. I lost touch with Jim and wish I’d known him as an adult and would’ve loved to have enjoyed him as a musician! I rejoice with him now as he rests in Eternal Love and know that he is at peace with his parents and Peggy with no worries about his health! My loving prayers and sympathy to all the family and especially to Jane and Elaine with whom I have still been in touch.

Janie Nicolletta Spurlock

June 14, 2020

I was very popular in high school, at least I thought I was, until I realized all the girls were just trying to get to my brother. Jimmy was a year ahead of me at school, as a matter of fact, we were in the same split classroom at Saint Joseph in Cold Spring, Ky, he was in 2nd grade, while I was in 1st. You can only imagine what that was like. Growing up, we all attended his many basketball games at Newcath. He even played there with Dave Cowans of Boston Celtics fame.
Before their 3 children were born, Jimmy and Marlene came all the way across the Atlantic in the late 70s for a vacation during my Air Force tour of duty in Wiesbaden, West Germany. We had a blast driving an old VW van all over Europe, crossing the Brenner pass, drinking wine and camping throughout Italy under that starry sky.
His guitar playing talent & love of the blues were enviable. I was so honored when Jim asked me to be Jay’s Godmother. So thrilled!
He was also known as Papa Pasta at his children’s schools, where he elevated cooking to a performance art. Over the years, he perfected an original Italian Recipe entitled “NICOLLONI” You haven’t truly eaten italian until you have had a hunk of that delectable stuff! Nobody could make it like our brother Jimmy.
As a Registered Nurse, I also appreciated the prolonged battles he fought, supported so lovingly by Marlene, during multiple surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy regimens, just to stay alive. He persevered long and hard, rarely complaining, always complimenting his many doctors & surgeons, year after year, and then, sadly, had to do it all a second time. Cancer Warrior! I love you bro, we grew up together in that little house at 17 Osage Avenue, Crestview, Ky, with Peggy and Elaine, Virginia and Nick.
May you rest in eternal peace, big brother. I am heartbroken you didn’t get to come with Marlene to Colorado. I know how much you were longing to get better and hit the road out West.
Your little sis,

Michael Allen

June 13, 2020

I was truly shaken when I received a call about Jim's passing.
Although I did not play, I always seem to appreciate the talents of musicians. I knew that playing on stage demands a lot of diligent work and practice. Jim and I became fast friends showing up at various Blues gig as fans. Then one day he was on stage at a jam that surprised me. He was easy to talk to, a good listener and he would follow up with me without fail. I looked forward to seeing Jim at the Jams sitting just inside the door with sign up book ready.
Like many of my blues musician friends, he took me to places when he played that I couldn't take myself. So, Jim, my friend ,"THANK YOU FOR THE RIDE". You played the Blues for me.

Alan Pigg

June 13, 2020

Jim and I have lived in Arbor Bridge subdivision for over 30 years, raised children to become successful adults, and are the same age. In the early years of our neighborhood, they would have meetings down at the pool parking lot, usually associated with some kind of get together. The neighborhood would furnish a keg of beer and later they would have a "meeting". They appointed Jim Sgt of Arms to keep the peace and break up fights. Hot days, beer, and disagreements don't mix very well as you can imagine. When Jim would step in and they looked at this big man with a determined stare, they quickly backed down. He was a good friend and I will miss him.

Jonathan Holland

June 12, 2020

I can't remember when I met Jim; it just seems like I've known him forever.
We shared a love of the blues, God and our country.
He's come by my guitar repair shop and we'd talk all afternoon. He'd tell me to keep working, but that was impossible as we'd start winding down memory lane of all the great jams and incredible characters we'd met. Lots of laughing. I may not have made much money when he'd come by, but I was all the richer for having spent time with him.
He was a dear friend. I will miss him deeply.
"Get the hell off the stage Jim!"

Jack Kaplan

June 12, 2020

One of my best friends ever
The first person I met here in Atlanta in the 1980s Jim is credited with getting me back into playing music
We both worked for American Airlines I was at headquarter in Dallas and Jim was the sales manager in Atlanta
Came to his house and he picked up an acoustic guitar and played three chord songs and I played bass with him
He and his family became very close friends of our family
We would talk almost daily
Jim was one is the best salesmen around
He could sell anything very convincing
In addition an incredible gourmet cook!
His pork butt ribs nicolinni anti pasta and more
We called him Jimbo Big Jim but also known as Gentle Jim for his love and kindness. He will be deeply missed
I know he loved his family kids grandkids dogs etc but a special love for his music family

Frank Lombardo

June 12, 2020

I first met Jim at the old One Star Ranch jam. Did many jams over the years. Jim always had a catch phrase "get the hell off the stage"! We have all heard it. I will miss him and we will feel his presence looking down. Probably running a blues jam at the pearly gates!