James Scott Nichols was born September 14, 1946 to Charles Ray & Leeila June Nichols in Oklahoma City. He went to grade school at Hawthorne, and loved playing baseball. He graduated from Classen HS in 1964, where was co-captain of the Classen Comets football team. After graduation, James went into the Marine Corps. He completed his boot camp at Camp Pendleton in California, and then after some training he was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. From there he went to Vieges Island off the coast of Puerto Rico for six months. He then went to Vietnam, where he served in the Tet offensive and went to a hospital in Japan, and received a purple heart for his service. When James received orders to serve in Vietnam, he was granted a two-week leave. During this leave, he married Judy K. Bass on September 1, 1967, and they were happily married until his passing. James and Judy had one daughter, Christina Lee Whittaker, who was James' pride and joy. He adored her creative nature, a trait she shared with her mother. After his time in the Marine Corps, James filled his time partaking in many various pastimes and hobbies. Fishing was one of his greatest passions that he and his dad shared. Together they bought a bass boat and toured many lakes hoping for that next big bite. James also loved camping, and those trips brought about many cherished memories. James had a great skill for woodworking and carpentry. After he retired, he loved making dining room tables out of mahogany, and several of his friends have his woodwork in their homes. James was a generous man with a great sense of humor. He was extremely opinionated, but was always there to help a friend in need. His life was full of many adventures, stories, and fun. James will be dearly missed by all those who loved and knew him.