James "Jimmy" Spears, III


September 24, 1961 ~ July 12, 2021

Born in: Alamance County, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

James “Jimmy” Spears, III, 59, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021 at Pardee Hospital.

Mr. Spears was born in Alamance County, N.C. to James Henry Spears, Jr. and the late Nannie Mae Dickens Spears.

A force to be reckoned with, he was a loyal, kind, strong independent man who loved to have a good time. He enjoyed music, his dogs and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his two daughters, Meghan Stark (Adam) and Jessica Moore (Dallas); five grandchildren; Cannon Stark, Noah Stark, Madilyn Moore, Karli Moore, and Kalyn Moore and several aunts, uncles, and cousins who were like brothers and sisters to him. He made an impact on many lives and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. We are so sorry for y’all’s loss, He was an outstanding man honest and full of love.

  2. Best memory of Jimmy was the morning he grabbed me and started rubbing my head saying oh budda oh budda and I rubbing his stomach its was a personal joke between him and I also all the york peppermint patties and starburst others had to share a bag but he made sure I had my own loved him like a brother, even if he was from Alamance another joke between him and I

  3. Jimmy was the most well mannered and polite. Over the years that I have known Jimmy he always called me Mam. He enjoyed life at its finest and energetic. He will be greatly missed. Rest
    in peace sweetheart.

  4. Rest In Peace Jimmy, thankful I was able to meet you and enjoy your smile. Sending prayers to your family.

  5. I’ll always remember Jimmy’s post game talks after a tough game on the front porch or in the kitchen. He always encouraged me not only to be a better football player but to be a better person. He loved hard and made sure you knew he loved you. I’ll always remember him cheering on the Bearcats and getting into the occasional argument with other parents in the stands but that’s what made him such a memorable man. I sure will miss him yelling “BIGBOY!!!!” At the top of his lungs when he’d see me.

    Love y’all
    Austin “BIGBOY” Blythe

  6. I had the honor of working at Steelcase for several years with Jimmy. His high energy level and determination enabled him to succeed in almost any task.
    He treated his employees with dignity and respect and was well liked by all.

  7. I am so sorry for this loss. But I know Jimmy is in a better place as cliche as that may seem. He is with sooo many friends I almost feel jealous. There is a big party in Heaven with his arrival. Xox

  8. I am praying for you all. Jimmy was proud of his family and friends. He made homemade chicken noodle soup for us a couple of times at work and brought us muffins. He was so happy to share and take care of others. I didn’t know chicken soup could be so good! Your family will be in our thoughts, blessings and hugs.

  9. When my phone would ring and it read Jimbo. I knew I was in for a treat, either Jimmy was calling to crack jokes or returning my call with great words of wisdom and encouragement. He was even kind enough to treat my son and I to dinner for my birthday back in April. One of the greatest men I’ve ever met in my life with a golden heart, and I’m honored to call him my friend. We will miss Jimmy dearly love Kendrick and Kingston Hallum!

  10. Sending lots of love and sympathy for Jimmy’s family and friends. He is with some good friends and family now and no more pain. Cliche but he is in a better place for sure knowing all the health battles he had. Almost jealous at the party and greeting u will get my friend. Much love to all xox

  11. Jimmy has been a great friend and I will miss seeing him everyday at work. Every morning he would say ‘Hey big guy how’s your day?’ We would talk and he’d fill me on his latest prank and we’d laugh together. He is missed and I hope his family finds comfort knowing how many lives he touched and smiles he brought.

    With Love,
    David and Family

  12. Jimmy was a true friend. It’s really hard for me to trust people completely, but he had mine. He loved his friends like family. I loved to hear his life stories. He had a few that were his favorites. He loved to tell a story. For me he wasn’t a cut up friend he was a chill and someone to talk to friend. He listened and never judged. He was a good man and an even better friend. He will be missed loved.

  13. Jimmy was a good man and an even better friend. If he loved you, he made sure he knew it and didn’t care who knew. He would listen to my problems and give me advice. He had so much energy and a young heart. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone if he could. My family never got to meet him. I regret that we never made the time to let them meet him. He is one of the best people I will ever know. I loved his stories. That man was full of them. He had some interesting ones. I could keep going, but need to leave some for others. I love you Jimmy. You will be missed and never forgotten. Peace be with you and your family.

  14. I always knew him as “little Jimmy”. I am a cousin of Lisa and the late Greg. Loved Jim and Nan and visited many times at Sunset Harbor with Lemier and Doug Wheeler. My deepest sympathy

  15. Jimmy was one the nicest guy to work with, always played jokes to get others to laugh. Jimmy you will be miss. My family sends our deepest sympathy

  16. Jessica and Megan my sincener sympathy in the loss of your father. This is never a easy thing to happen🙏🏻 Praying our Father in heaven will comport you. We love you Aunt Joyce Luther- Ball Andy Sam Ball

  17. My sweet Jimmy. Jimmy worked for me at Steelcase for many years. There were times when I could have shook him until his teeth rattled and the next minute he would have me laughing to the point of tears. I remember asking him if he stayed awake at night thinking of things he could do to drive me nuts. I was getting on him one day pretty hard and he said, but mam I love you. Then I couldn’t quit laughing. Jim and I remained friends and talked often. He will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you girls and his dear Dad.

    • My personal prayers for all who loved Jimmy during his life and who will miss him. His imprint upon my heart will be a fond memory from Leicester along with the bus rides.

  18. What a kind, funny and generous man. I feel lucky to call him my friend. When we would talk he would be so proud to update me about his father, daughter’s and grand children. Keeping you in my warmest thoughts as you navigate this difficult time.

  19. In high school Jimmy and I became very close friends. From him I learned to push my personal limits, live in the moment and to always question authority. Very impactful on my life and later decisions. Thanks Jimbo

  20. Jimmy and I went to high school together, and I went to a birthday party at his house when I was a teenager. I immediately liked him, but we didn’t talk to each other again until 2019 when he friended me on Facebook. He messaged me and indicated that he was interested in bonsai trees because of a post I had shared. We met in Newport in December 2019 and exchanged Christmas gifts over an unforgettable dinner. I gave him a bonsai tree for Christmas, and he gave me a whole bag of things. Since then, we have talked probably an average of 2-3 times a week. He told me about his cancer, and I encouraged him to get treatment so he could continue to be there for his daughters and grandchildren who he talked about and loved so much. The last time I talked to Jimmy was June 26. He was in severe pain in the hospital at Pardee, and I was afraid then that I wouldn’t get to talk to him again. I learned on July 14 that he had passed on July 12. Now I find myself missing his calls and texts more each day. Jimmy, you made such a difference in my life during the last 2 years. I know I will miss you so much and will always treasure our conversations and the few times we actually met for lunch and dinner. See you on the other side, my friend!

  21. Jimmy, you touched me in a way I didn’t even realize until I couldn’t even talk you again. Thank you for listening at times when I had no one to talk to. Your kindness to me will not be forgotten. I will miss you until we meet again…

  22. I remember when Jimmy moved to Leicester Elementary school. We were in 6th grade. Where did all the years go.

  23. I went to high school with Jimmy. We were on the same square dance team and had so much fun. He was always the same – kind, friendly, sweet and made us laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the days ahead. May God give you strength, comfort and peace.

  24. Our thoughts and prayers are with yall. Jimmy, a tough soul, but uou always knew where you stood, I’ll never forget him loading the 12 gauge with double 00 buck, he wanted to see if I could handle it! Damn it hurt, but I did!! Emotions, feelings, bad or good, good times, bad times, lessons learned. Contagious laugh and a great smile. Rest in peace Jimmy, high on that mountain. Until we all meet again!

  25. I’ve been thinking of you all since I received your message. I’m so sorry for the void he has left in your lives. Jimmy was a very friend to me. I miss him and hear his voice in my memories. 💗

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