James Nicholson

James “Jim” Nicholson, 57, passed away unexpectedly while on vacation in Ocean City, Md., on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

Jim was born on April 24, 1965, in Baltimore. He was the youngest of five children of Edward and Margarete (Brady) Nicholson. A 1983 graduate of University High School in Morgantown, he excelled at wrestling, football and the AIASA/TSA technology organizations, to which he remained a lifetime member. He was also active for many years with Cub Scout Pack 77, Boy Scout Troop 77 and the Order of The Arrow.

Jim worked for many years as a territory supervisor for Exxon as well as a district manager for Crown Petroleum. He went to work for Lashley’s Exxon in South Park for many years until he became a partner at Joe Moore’s Exxon in Morgantown until he retired. While at Joe Moore’s Exxon, he achieved the number one U-Haul rental location in the country for several years.

In between his skydiving adventures and midnight rendezvous with his CIA handlers, he enjoyed playing poker, traveling to Ocean City, Md. and watching wrestling. He loved telling stories and hilarious jokes. He also loved camping at Big Bear Lake, where he and his wife Julie had been going for over 40 years. He enjoyed running bingo, poker runs and shooting pool when he had the opportunity.

Jim and Julie had found a home at the Harvest Family Worship Center in Morgantown and were dedicated to their faith.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Julie (Pyle) Nicholson, of Morgantown; three children — son, James “Jimmy” (Bridget) Nicholson II, of Pittsburgh, and daughters, Sarah E. Nicholson and Jessie M. Nicholson, of Morgantown; two grandchildren — Dominic J. Nicholson and Isobel M. Nicholson; brother, Ron (Bonnie) Nicholson, of Hogansville, Ga.; and sister, Terry (Chris) Hancock, of Comanche, Texas. Also, Jim leaves several nieces, nephews and close friends and family, along with two granddogs, Chloe aka “Rat, Stir fry and Porkchop” and Beauty.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edward “Nicky” Nicholson; sister and brother-in-law, Rich and Debbie Shinkovich; and mother and father-in-law, Robert and Dianne (Snyder) Pyle.

The family wishes to thank friends, family and church family at the Harvest Family Worship Center for all the love and support. Additional thanks to the Ocean Pines Police, EMS and Fire Department for the professionalism shown during their time of need.

Friends may join the family to honor Jim’s life and legacy at Harvest Family Worship Center, 800 Greenbag Road, Morgantown, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, officiated by Pastor Kevin Summers.

Smith Funeral & Cremation Care of Westover/Morgantown is providing care and guidance to the family.