James Mitford Spinks, 87, of Thomasville died Jan. 20, 2009 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 31, 1921 in Thomasville. He was a graduate of Thomasville High School, the University of Alabama and Emory University. He practiced dentistry in Evergreen from 1953 to 1956 and in Thomasville from 1956-1989. He served in the United States Army during World War II, the Philippine Liberation Campaign, Asiatic - Pacific Campaign "Leyte" and Occupation Forces of Japan. He retired Aug. 31, 1981 at the rank of colonel. He served on the Thomasville City Board of Education from 1962 to 1972. He was a member of the Thomasville United Methodist Church, the American Dental Association, V.F.W. Post 5106, the American Legion and the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Clarice Dozier Spinks, Thomasville; two daughters, Patsy Spinks, Norcross, Ga., Carol Spinks (Dean) Morris, Vanceboro, N.C.; three grandchildren, Courtney Morris (Dr. Timothy) Diette, Lexington, Va., James Hunter Morris, Wilmington, N.C., Jared Dean (Shelley W.) Morris, Leland, N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Caroline E. Diette, Jackson N. Diette.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Mitford Spinks and Lucy Virginia Chaney Spinks, a daughter, Mary Dean Spinks and a sister, Reta Virginia Spinks Kennedy.
The service was Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at Thomasville United Methodist Church with Rev. Philip Craddock officiating. Burial was in Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.
Active pallbearers were Brad Dozier, Billy Kennedy, Jon Kennedy, Manah Wilkinson, Ron Wilkinson, Rusty Wilkinson and Scott Wilkinson.
Honorary pallbearers were Marion Bishop, Jack Bishop, Ed Ford, Norman Loper and O.C. Wilson.
Memorials may be made to the Thomasville United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or the Salvation Army.