By MRS. E. R. NICHOLS
News has been received of the sudden death of J. W. Nichols of Clearwater, Fla., which occurred Friday morning while Mr. Nichols, who was a lawyer, was speaking in court. He collapsed and died of a heart attack before reaching the hospital.
Mr. Nichols was principal of the Munford High School in 1898 and in 1899 Miss Cassie Adams assisted him and later her sister, Miss Mabel Adams, who also taught.
Mr. Nichols was elected superintendent of the Munford Methodist Church Sunday School in 1899. Miss Cassie Adams was elected that year to serve as secretary and treasurer and still holds that office at this time.
Mr. Nichols, son of W. H. and Margaret Brown Nichols, was born and reared in Obion County. He was a graduate of Vanderbilt University, was the postmaster at Trenton during the term of Woodrow Wilson and has practiced law in Clearwater for almost 30 years. Mr. Nichols was 77.
Mr. Nichols leaves his wife, Mrs. Florence Sinclair Nichols, a son and daughter, one granddaughter. He is survived by his brothers, Dr. E. R. Nichols, Munford; Alvis Reeves Nichols, Gulfport, Miss; two sisters, Miss Martha Nichols and Mrs. S. M. Harrison of Florence, Ala.
Mr. Nichols was buried in Clearwater at 2 p.m. on Monday.
According to Margaret Nichols Williams, J. Walter Nichols was in court for his daughter’s divorce case when he had the heart attack.
[The Covington Leader, Covington, Tenn., April 23, 1953]