James Nicholson, District 3 secretary, dies after extended illness


Longtime MHSAA district secretary James Nicholson of Glen Allan died March 17 after an extended illness. Funeral services were March 19.

Dr. Nicholson, who was 74, had served as District 3 secretary since 1992. A Booneville native and former superintendent for the Anguilla School District, he later worked for school improvement in the region through Delta State University. Dr. Nicholson is survived by his wife, Mary Jean McGee Nicholson, two children and five grandchildren.

“Our entire MHSAA family is saddened at the death of Dr. James Nicholson.  He was an outstanding leader and strong supporter of the schools he managed in his district.  He truly cared about all people and we will miss him dearly,” MHSAA executive director Don Hinton said.

South Delta athletic director and football coach Derrick Hooker worked alongside Mr. NIcholson on District 3 matters in recent years.

“Dr. Nicholson really took care of District 3 people as a whole,” Hooker said. “He would always take time to talk if you called him. Or if he didn’t answer, he would call back immediately or first thing the following morning. All of our meetings were always prompt and on time. When it came to District 3 meetings, we never had to worry about anything. He took care of everything. Dr. Nicholson was one of the pioneers of the Delta. He’s going to be greatly missed as district secretary for sure.”



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