John Nickens III

JRN3 Sail Captain

John Roscoe Nickens III, loving husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and friend, passed away May 11, 2017 at 70 years of age. He is preceded in death by his father John Roscoe Nickens, Jr.

Born on April 23, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan to John and Frances Nickens, John grew up, graduated high school and considered Chaffee, Missouri his home.  The progression in formal education reflects a dynamic career journey, that he absolutely loved.  Earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi helped John to grow free standing pharmacies across southern Missouri during the late 1970’s.  When John was faced with a challenging decision that required quick action and would close the door on business ownership, he chose Duke University as the place to transform his skills into a Healthcare Executive.  (He found becoming a student again at 37 years of age to be intimidating, humbling yet motivating!)  John used that experience to add to his disciplined work ethic and intense commitment to achievement. Each morning he would make breakfast for his boys and declare: “Your Life is Not About You.  It is Bigger – you are a Nickens and I expect you to give everything you have; every time – now go make today great!”  John lived that advice by example quickly earning the title of CEO with the privilege of serving in several Healthcare systems in Louisiana, Houston, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Alabama, United Arab Emirates, India and the Philippines.

John’s rock of confidence to venture into turbulent waters was his “first mate, his compass, his partner, his cheerleader”.  John married Rebecca Kaye Rollins in 1968, beginning an amazing life together of traveling the world and chasing the next adventure.  They raised three sons and considered this to be one of the greatest joys in life.  John was an avid fan in supporting his boys by attending all events and many times serving as the coach for summer baseball or as a caddy for golf tournaments.

John leaves behind his wife of 49 years Rebecca Rollins Nickens of Richland, Missouri, his sons John Roscoe Nickens IV and wife Marye of Houston, Texas; Benjamin Sam Nickens and wife Tana of Mansfield, Texas; and Gabriel Levi Nickens of Arlington, Texas.  John had 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind is mother Frances Gales Nickens and two sisters Patricia Felter and Linda Dunker.

John enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, sailing, golfing, traveling and reading.

John will be deeply missed by countless friends and family.

The service honoring John’s life will be held at 4:00pm Monday, May 15, 2017, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.