Commander James A. “Jim” Nichols US Navy peacefully passed away 1 Aug 2021 at the age of 92 at Warm Beach Washington. Jim was born to James and Thelma Nichols in March of 1929 in Umatilla Florida. As Jim grew up in Tavares he excelled in school and played on his High School’s undefeated/unscored on football team. He then graduated from the University of Florida before entering the Navy, and remained a lifelong Gator fan . Jim was a decorated veteran who served during the Vietnam war and spent 26 years on active duty. His duty stations took him around the world, from Florida to Morocco, Virginia, and the Philippines. He retired as Commanding Officer of the Reserve Unit in Riviera Beach, Florida. Throughout his life, Jim had a passion for tennis, travel and stayed active in the Church. His battle with macular degeneration and glaucoma in recent years never discouraged him in facing life challenges with a smile and cheerful attitude. He was survived by his sisters Charlene and Eleanor, son James, Grandsons James, Andrew and Daniel (Devan), Granddaughter Sarah (Stuart) and Great Grandchildren Henry and Tilly. Jim joins his parents, his sisters Frances and Eleanor, daughter Gayle and son John in Heaven. Jim will be honored in a celebration of life on August 26, 2021 at 11am at Arlington Baptist Church, Arlington WA. Jim will be buried in Florida National Cemetery in Sept 2021.