Artist manager, musician and songwriter Doug Nichols passed away unexpectedly at his home in Austin, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 31. He was 65.
Nichols was known for working with many talented artists in his career including Johnny Paycheck, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts and Nicolette Larson. As co-founder of Turner Nichols & Associates, he and Trey Turner co-managed Rascal Flatts from 2000 to 2011. In 2013, Nichols launched Rough Hollow Entertainment, a management company with offices in Nashville and Austin.
Nichols served on numerous boards, foundations and charitable affiliations during his career, including the Academy of Country Music, Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation, Nashville Rescue Mission, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nashville Boys and Girls Club, and many others.
Born Jon Douglas Nichols, Jr. on Sept. 5, 1956 in Marshall, Texas, Nichols is remembered by his sense of humor and for being a prolific storyteller. He loved cheering on the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys.
Nichols is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ann Nichols (Wornick) and his son, Malachi David Nichols. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jon Douglas Nichols, Sr. and Valreye Verlon (Oliver) Nichols, as well as his younger brother, David Paul Nichols.
Private family memorial services will be held. Memorial considerations may be made to Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203 or online.
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