James Leroy Nichols, Jr., was born at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina on November 20, 1948 to the late James Leroy Nichols, Sr. and Martha Corbett Nichols.
Leroy was educated in the public schools of Orange County, North Carolina and graduated from Orange High School in the class of 1967 as the first African-American student athlete. After graduation, he attended East Carolina University as a scholarship athlete lettering in three (3) sports: football, lacrosse and wrestling. Leroy lived most of his life in Hillsborough, North Carolina where he was the first African-American police officer of the Hillsborough Police Department.
Leroy departed this life on June 7, 2019 at Durham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Durham, North Carolina where he resided for over twelve (12) years.
He is survived by three daughters: Tara Lorraine Nichols of Durham, NC; Tamara Nichols Helms (Thomas) of Durham, NC; and Nicole Al-Natoor (Khalid) of Burlington, NC; two brothers: Burrie Bernard Nichols (Margie) of Hillsborough, NC and Elder Corbett Fitzgerald Nichols of Mebane, NC; two (2) grandchildren: Chastiny Harrelson of Burlington, NC and Charrity Johnson of Mebane, NC; four (4) great grandchildren; three aunts; four great aunts and a host of other relatives.