James W. Spicer
March 02, 1931 ‒ October 28, 2019
Mount Vernon, Ohio
James W. Spicer, age 88, of Mount Vernon passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, October 28, 2019.
Jim’s legacy was one of love. He cared deeply for his family, friends, players and students. He had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met. He lived his life with passion and selflessness; always generous with his heart, his time and his talents. He was always grateful for a wonderful life.
He was born on March 2, 1931 in Philo, Ohio to the late Charles and Ruth (Frazee) Spicer. Jim was a graduate of Muskingum College and received his Master’s Degree. He was a Teacher, Guidance Counselor and Coach for numerous High Schools, including Clear Fork H.S., Centerburg H.S., and Mount Vernon H.S. Jim also coached at Kenyon College for numerous years. He was a veteran serving in the United States Navy from 1950-1954.
Jim is survived by his wife, of over 67 years, Stella (Madias) Spicer; his daughters, Denise (Mike) McGough, Paula Spicer (Art Wagner); thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his daughters, Pamela Spicer-Kirk, Darla Watkins; his brother Gilbert Lease; and his sister Lena Ashcraft.
Friends may call on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 1:00-3:00PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home (201 Newark Rd. Mt. Vernon, OH 43050). A service will be held on Monday, at the First Church of the Nazarene (807 Coshocton Ave. Mt. Vernon, OH 43050) beginning at 11:00AM with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council, will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to Mount Vernon High School Athletics.
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