James "Jimmy" Spells, Jr.
York - James (Jimmy) Spells, Jr. departed this life on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
He was the husband of Dr. Tresa C. Diggs of whom he was married for 34 years and the son of Marie Myers and the late James (Cookie) Spells, Sr. He was the stepson of Frank Myers. Mr. Spells is also survived by three daughters, Alana Vaughn and husband, Troy of Houston, TX, Verona Ware and husband, Kelvin of Houston, TX, Cara Goodlett and husband, Robert of Columbia, SC; five grandchildren, Kelona, Kevlin, and Keiona Ware, Avery Roundtree, and Robert Goodlett IV; four brothers, Philip J. Hughes, Gary L. Spells, Sherman L. Spells, Christopher Myers and wife, Colleen, all of York; and one sister, Shamone Ballard Fitzgerald of Bridgeport, CT; nieces; nephews; cousins; and a host of other relatives and dear friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Deborah M. Egbosimbah and Darla Ballard.
Mr. Spells graduated from William Penn Senior High School in 1960, served his country in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1965, and attended York College of Pennsylvania. He worked for Metropolitan Edison Company, Borg-Warner Transportation Company and Mission Homes Educational Ministry Counseling. He was a Commissioner of the York City Human Relations Commission where he promoted diversity, equality and non-violence in the City of York.
Jimmy was known throughout the York community for his generosity in giving back to the community through countless entertainment events over the years. He was a Life Member of Brotherly Love Lodge No. 228, I.B.P.O.E of W., of which her served as the Exalted Ruler and Chairman of various charitable committees for over 50 years. He was a Legionnaire at the American Legion, Post 127 and a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church. He was inducted into the William Penn Senior High School Football Hall of Fame.
There will be two viewings, Monday, May 7, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 10 to 11 a.m. and a Celebration of Life Service on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 11 a.m., all at Small Memorial AME Zion Church, 401 S. Queen Street, York. Boulding Mortuary is assisting the family.
Published in York Daily Record on May 5, 2018.