I married John Nice, Jr. in July 2002, and our son was born the following year in 2003. John is a member of the Nice Family of Jacksonville, Florida. John is a high school physics teacher; most of my career experience (15 years, to date) has also been in teaching. John’s mother, Carol (Martin) Greene Nice Bennett is from the Martin Family of Florida. Carol’s parents were Elizabeth “Bessie” (Robinson) Martin and Elmer Martin of Florida. This article will provide information and photos of some members of those families, as well as the Hintermister’s, who were cousins to the Nice’s due to Betty Jane (Hintermister) Nice marrying Clarence Carter Nice, Jr.
This photo is of my family with John’s parents, Carol (Martin) Greene Nice Bennett and J. Bob Nice. Carol and Bob have been divorced twice and married three times. Both of them are now married to their third spouse. Carol is currently married to Arnold (“Art”) Bennett and Bob is married to Marilyn Nice. Carol has two brothers, Louis and Charles (“Buddy”) Martin. They are both married and have families. Carol also has two sisters. Her older sister experienced late stage breast cancer and died before I knew her. I don’t know alot about her older sister. Her younger sister is Rachel (Martin) Hunter, who is married to Charles Hunter, and they have two daugthers, Kelli and Brandi. Carol and her family were raised in rural Live Oak, Florida during their childhood.
This is a photo of my family with John’s parents, Carol (Martin) Greene Nice Bennett and Arnold “Art” Bennett. Our son was about 1.5 years old at that time. Carol is Art’s second wife; he had four children with his first wife, two sons and two daugthers. Art is a Vietnam War military veteran.
Bob and Marilyn Nice came to visit us with Janet’s son in 2004. This picture shows three generations of Nice’s, including Baby Nice.
This photo shows John Nice, Jr. dancing with Rachel (Martin) Hunter, the younger sister of his mom, Carol, in 2002.
This image is of my son as a newborn with his grandparents, Bob and Marilyn Nice when they came to visit and welcome the baby. Marilyn has two daughters, including one who is adopted. This is Marilyn’s second marriage and Bob’s third.
In this photo are members of John’s family. They include Janet (Greene) (Nice) Hebson Adams, Natalie (Nice) __ __ Tuttle, Jason Nice, Janet’s son, Carter Nice, and Krissy Nice, an adopted sister of John. Janet is a half-sister of John; she is divorced from her first husband, and is married to her second husband. Natalie has been divorced twice, and is currently married to her third husband. Jason and Carter Nice are John’s half-brothers.* One is married and has a family.* The other has never been married, has a son, and is separated from his son’s mother.* John also has another adopted sister, Jenni (Nice) Robison, who is married and has two daughters. Krissy has been married and divorced, and currently does not have any children. John’s sister, Natalie, pictured in this photo, is his only full biological sibling to him. Natalie’s children are her adopted children through her marriage to her third husband, Ben; her third husband has three children from his first marriage, of which he is divorced from his first wife. Natalie is an attorney.
This photo reflects Janet (Greene) (Nice) Hebson Adams with Mike Adams and Janet’s son from her first marriage. Both Janet and Mike are divorced from their first spouses; this is their second marriage. Mike also has a daughter from his first marriage.
Both this photo and the following one are those that I took at the Nice Family Christmas Party in 2001.
This photo shows the Nice boys performing at a church service or concert in Florida around 1948.
This is a photo of the Nice Family around 1945, showing John Nice, Jr.’s father as a toddler (the younger boy) with his brother, Clarence Carter Nice, III, and their parents, Betty (Hintermister) Nice and Clarence Carter Nice, Jr. The boys’ youngest brother, Jimmy, had not yet been born. Betty attended college from 1931-1935, graduating in May 1935 with a B.S. in Commerce, I believe from the University of Florida. She took many business, math, and economics classes, as well as Spanish and psychology.
The Nice’s were well-known in Jacksonville, Florida because Dr. Clarence Carter Nice and his son, Clarence Carter Nice, Jr. were symphony conductors there. Dr. Nice was also known as “Pops.” Clarence Carter Nice, Jr. also owned a music store in Jacksonville, which, following his death, has been continued by his sons, Bob and Jimmy (now deceased).
The Nice’s were big in the Jacksonville, Florida music scene from about 1930-1980. Clarence Carter Nice, III has been a prominent and successful symphony conductor in California, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in being successful symphony conductors.
This photo shows the Hintermister’s (on the left) and the Nice’s (on the right) from about 1950 in Florida. The Nice’s and Hintermister’s are cousins. From left to right in the photo are Sam Hintermister, John Hintermister, Cril Hintermister, Clarence Carter “Carter” Nice, III, Jimmy Nice, and J. Bob Nice. Sadly, Jimmy struggled with and was lost to cancer a number of years ago. All of the others are still living. Sam is married and has adopted children; John is a widower (Candy) and has an adopted son, Josh; and Cril is a bachelor. Carter is married to his second wife, Jennifer, and has one daughter with her, Olivia; they live in California. Carter is divorced from his first wife, and has two children with her, a son and daughter, Christian and Danielle. Jimmy’s wife is Penny, and they have a son and daughter, Jamie and Meghan. Jamie is married.* And, I have described about Bob throughout this article.
Divorce in the Nice Family began with Clarence Carter Nice, Jr., when he divorced from Betty. He married his second wife, Jean, and he adopted her children, a son and two daughters. The cycle of divorce was broken with Jimmy Nice, who remained married to his only wife, Penny. The cycle of divorce, however, was continued in both Carter and J. Bob Nice’s families when they became divorced. J. Bob Nice is divorced from his second wife, Karen (McLane/McLain) Kirton Nice. Divorce has further continued with John Nice, Jr. due to his divorce from me in 2009. Most adults in the Nice Family, and half of the adults in the Nice’s extended family, therefore, have been married and divorced at least once. Three generations of single and/or multiple divorces presently exist in the Nice Family.
This photo is of John Hintermister, father of Sam, John, and Cril Hintermister. He is a decorated military veteran, and is at rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.
This image is of Marguerite Hintermister, wife of John Hintermister. I believe these photos of them were taken at or prior to their attending a military ball. I’m not sure of the year in which the photos were taken. Marguerite was the sister of Betty Jane (Hintermister) Nice, who married Clarence Carter Nice, Jr.
Mrs. Hintermister lived to be a centenarian. This photo of her was taken on her 100th birthday while she was a resident of the North Florida Special Care Center. She was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania in 1989, and moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1940.
So, all of this information and images lead back to my family, including my son, who is descended from the Babcock’s and Nice’s.
My son has been a Cub Scout for five years, and will transfer to Boy Scouts in May 2014. He has been an honor student in school for many years. I love and am very proud of my “Nice” son!
As I locate additional relevant photos from the Martin side of the family, I will include them.
*Author’s Note: Please note that I have edited this article to reflect some of the information provided by Meghan Nice in her above comment. I did review the article, and believe that no inaccuracies were made. Information that was not known was merely excluded or written in a vague manner. In a prior version of the article, information about Jamie Nice being married was not included because that information was not known. Additionally, the information about John Nice, Jr.’s half brothers is correct because I did not specify which status (either married or separated) was attributed to which man. I simply stated that one was separated and the other was married without naming them. Therefore, I will maintain that information as is since it is correct. For any further detail, please refer to the first comment above in which I have quoted and edited that of Meghan Nice.
References and Sources:
Clower, E. (2002). Wedding Photos of Michele Babcock-Nice and John Nice, Jr. Snellville, Georgia.
Guttman, J. (1989). Photo of Marguerite Hintermister. Jacksonville, Florida-area newspaper.
J.C. Penney Portrait Studios (2004). Babcock-Nice Family Photos. Buford, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida.
Pemberton, J. (1995). Photo of Clarence Carter Nice, Jr. in accompanying newspaper article about him. Jacksonville, Florida: Jacksonville Times-Union.
Photos and information of Michele Babcock-Nice from 2002-2013 (2014). Snellville, Georgia.
Photos and information of Natalie (Nice) Tuttle from 1900-1960, Jacksonville, Florida. Those included herein currently the property of Michele Babcock-Nice (2014). Snellville, Georgia.
Other photographers/photo sources of professionally-taken photos, unknown.