In Memoriam: Nick French

Partial Obituary & Service Information

 In Memoriam

Published Friday, June 26, 2020

White Calla Lilies on a Black Background

Taylor "Nick" Nickles French passed away on June 23, 2020, at the age of 81. Nick was a longtime member of MAAR whose years of service, leadership and dedication to the Association, to Memphis and to the real estate profession cannot be understated.

Nick was born on April 26, 1939, in Memphis, TN to Ned and Helen French. He graduated from Central High School in 1957, then attended the University of Oklahoma where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Philosophy. Nick continued his studies at the University of Mississippi, then attended Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) where he completed a Juris Doctor.

It was during his time at the University of Oklahoma that Nick met the love of his life, Gail French (née Little). Together they successfully operated French and Co., REALTORS® for over 35 years in Memphis. Nick most recently worked as a Broker for The French Connection at Crye-Leike, Inc., REALTORS®.

An active member of MAAR, Nick was a member of the Multi Million Dollar Club and served as President of the Association in 1992. He was named REALTOR® of the Year in 1994 and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. He also served as President for the Tennessee REALTORS® and the New Mexico Association of REALTORS®.

Nick was also active in the local community. He was involved with Memphi, the oldest Carnival Krewe in Memphis; he volunteered with Memphis City Beautiful Commission and Le Bonheur Club; and he served as a layman with Calvary Episcopal Church and St. Mary's Cathedral.

Nick will be remembered for his love of cooking and entertaining friends and family—including preparing Nick's (Egg) Nog each Christmas—and for his quick wit, discerning eye, spiritual nature and high standards. Nick was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Gail. After her passing, Nick would maintain fresh flowers, typically Alstromeria, at her bedside. Nick is survived by two sons, Ned M. French II (Lori) and Taylor N. French, Jr. (Tracy), and three grandchildren, Austin, Carson and Abigail.

A funeral service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. on June 28, 2020. In order to observe proper social distancing, seating will be limited and face masks will be required of all attendees. The service will be livestreamed online at Calvary Memphis for those who are unable to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Nick's name to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Calvary Episcopal Church, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral and/or Memphis Symphony Orchestra.