J Hood Nichols
1929 - June 22, 2013
Jefferson City, Tennessee
J Hood Nichols of Jefferson City, Tennessee was born in Dandridge Tennessee in 1929. He married Jane Ellen Hodgson, and they have two daughters and one son, Nan Ellen Jones, Connie Jane Nichols, and James Harley Nichols. He has four grandchildren, Jay Jones, Jennifer Parris, and Kate and Wayne Dickenson. He has one great granddaughter Lydia Parris. He married Judy Breeden in 1996.
Mr. Nichols started shooting trap in 1955 at the Knoxville Gun Club. He lost his right eye in an accident on his farm sometime I before 1950, A friend, J.F. Justice, encouraged J. Hood to convert from shooting right-handed to shooting left-handed. He helped J. Hood accomplish this and his record shows how right Mr. Justice was.
He was selected Tennessee Trapshooter of the Year (formerly Mr. Tennessee Trapshooter) in 1982.
Mr. Nichols won many awards at the Grand American. These include the Zone Singles C of C Championship in 1959 and 1960 with straight 100s, Preliminary Saturday Doubles Championship in 1963, Tuesday Special Doubles Race Winner in 1964, Doubles Championship in 1965, and the Doubles Championship Class AA 1st Place in 1968.
He holds ATA #3 All Around Average in 1961. In 1962 he had the highest Doubles average in ATA. Also, in 1962 his picture was on the cover of the Average Book and the cover of the May issue of Trap and Field. In 1964 Mr. Hood had the #2 Doubles average in ATA and was #6 in 1965.
At the Southern Zone in 1959 Mr. Nichols won the Singles Championship. In 1960 he won the Doubles Championship, Class Singles Class AA Championship, and the Singles Championship. During 1961, in the State Team Race, he was a member of the winning Eastern Tennessee Team, and the HOA runner up.
His other accomplishments include his wins at the Tennessee Shoots. He won the Doubles Championship from 1958-1962 and again in 1984. He was the All Around Champion from 1958–1962. He was HOA winner in 1959, 1960 and 1962. He won the Singles Championship in 1962.
In 1965 Mr. Nichols ran 200x200 in singles. He was on the All-American Men's second team in 1962. In 1963 and 1966, he was on the All-American Men's first team.
J. Hood is not shooting at the present time due to a fall several years ago that limits mobility in his neck and upper back.
J. Hood Nichols has shot 50,150 singles, 38,900 handicap and 37,100 doubles targets.