James “Jay” C. Spillman, age 96, of Loose Creek, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at General Baptist Nursing Facility in Linn.
Jay was born September 9, 1924, in Lake City, Arkansas, a son to the late James S. and Ellen (Brannon) Spillman.
Jay attended Lake City School in Arkansas and Beaumont High School in St. Louis where he earned his GED. He also attended a technical college earning a degree in Auto Body.
He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.
On December 14, 1948, he was united in marriage to Jessie M. McDaniel in St. Louis. She survives of their home.
Jay was owner/operator of Standard Auto Body in St. Louis from 1960 until 1982. He was also the owner/operator of Statewide Adjusting and Appraisal in the Linn area from 1986 until his retirement in 1998.
He was a member of Community Christian Church, Linn Masonic Lodge, Linn VFW Post #4756, and American Legion Post #317 in Freeburg.
Jay enjoyed playing golf, deer hunting, fishing, dancing, bowling, and playing his mandolin. Reading the bible and attending his church was very important to him. Jay was a “jack of all trades”, a hard worker and a tremendous provider for his family.
In addition to his spouse of 72 years, James is survived by: two sons, Cameron Spillman and his wife Marlene of St. Louis and Gregory Spillman and his wife Teri of Loose Creek; two grandchildren, Lindsey (Curtis) Murphy and Gregory Spillman, Jr.; four step-grandchildren, Jennifer, Angela, Chelsea and Sean; one great grandchild, Cale Murphy; two step-great grandchildren, Lily and Catlin; along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Spillman; two sisters, Mildred McDaniel and Cora Sue Rogers.
Private family services will be held. Interment with full Military Honors will be held at Linn Public Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Community Christian Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214) www.mortonchapel.com
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