Michael Nettles was born in Lake City, South Carolina on March 9, 1959 to E. LeRoy Nettles, Sr. and the late Beverly Herlong Nettles.
He grew up in Lake City, a small town in southern Florence County. He completed high school in 1977 and graduated cum laude from Wofford College in 1981, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Michael earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1984.
Following his graduation, he returned to Lake City where he joined his family in the general practice of law. He became a partner with his father, E. LeRoy Nettles, Sr., his brother, E. LeRoy Nettles, Jr., his sister, Marian D. “Missy” Nettles Jay, Elbert K. Turbeville, and Larry G. Reddeck. Michael remained a partner in this firm until his election to the bench on February 2, 2005.
Michael was married to the late Donna Hicks Nettles and has three wonderful children. Megan graduated from the University of South Carolina at Aiken and is a medical intensive care nurse at Palmetto Richland in Columbia. She is in her last year earning her Doctorate of Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner. She is married to Dr. Brandon Cain and they live in Columbia. Lauren graduated from East Carolina University and is a dance instructor with Carolina Dance in Manning. She is also attending cosmetology school. Jason is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is employed by South Carolina Probation, Parole and Pardon Services in Greenville and is engaged to be married.
Michael is an active member of the Lake City First Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and member of the Foreign Missions Team.
He enjoys travel, daily exercise, family activities and golf.