James D. Weatherspoon Sr.

James Weatherspoon Sr. Newspaper photo

James “Jimmy” Devon Weatherspoon Sr., age 56, life-long resident of Columbus, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on January 23, 2021, at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Jimmy was born on June 20, 1964, to the late Eugena Weatherspoon, and was the eldest of three children. Jimmy grew up on the East Side of Columbus and graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1982, where he was a well-known basketball player in Central Ohio. He also played in college and for The Swans Basketball Club in Perth, Australia.

From 1983-1985, Jimmy attended Itawamba College, Fulton Mississippi. Itawamba College is where he first laid his eyes on his future bride-to-be. Patrice kept him in the “friends” category for a year. After that year, Jimmy revealed his true feelings to Patrice and they became a couple. In 1987 Patrice transferred to Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Jimmy followed her. They had their own ‘Love & Basketball’ story. On September 7, 1991, Jimmy and Patrice were married in Columbus, Ohio. During their union, they had four gifted children; James “JD” Jr, Jasmine, Jeana, and Jejuan, Jimmy retired from the City of Columbus. He was a member of Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies where he was baptized on June 28, 2015.

Jimmy loved spending time with his family. He coached Basketball for the Whitehall Recreation Center for 3 years and he coached T-Ball for Whitehall Youth League for 11 years. When he wasn’t the head coach for his kids sports teams, they could still hear him coaching from the stand. He loved watching his 4 children play sports and succeed in their sports. He was and will always be their biggest fan. Jimmy was a huge football and basketball fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes. He was also a diehard Dallas Cowboy fan. Jimmy was an avid fan of college and professional basketball and football. He really enjoyed football season and being able to watch the games with The Douglas family and The Tanner family, along with the newest addition to the family, his grandson James D, Weatherspoon III.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eugena C. Weatherspoon, brother, Roger Weatherspoon Sr., grandmother, Dorothy Vaulx, nephew, Roger Weatherspoon, Jr., and his life-long childhood friend, Thomas Douglas Sr.

Jimmy leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 29 years Patrice Weatherspoon; sons, James D. (RoKia) Weatherspoon Jr. and Jejuan C. Weatherspoon; daughters, Jasmine P. Weatherspoon and Jeana C. Weatherspoon; grandson, James D. Weatherspoon III; brother Kevin (Christina) Weatherspoon; mother-in-law, Beyrel Stokes, Tampa, FL; sister-in-laws, Vickie Malphus, Chenoa Stokes of Tampa, FL, and Stacy Weatherspoon,; uncles, Jimmy G. (Janice) Weatherspoon and Ronnie (Dana) Weatherspoon; aunts, Rheda Boyd, Mary (Floyd) Jones, Lois Vaulx, Gail (Charles) Melbon, and Michelle Vaulx (Bill); nephews, Victor Brown, Joveon Haggans, of Tampa, FL, Lamar Weatherspoon, and Kevin Harris, nieces, Lillie Malphus, Daizsa Stokes-Councel of Tampa FL, Aaquila Henderson and Khloe Weatherspoon; cousins, Arthur aka Filthy Frank (Jackie) Weatherspoon, Jimmy L. (Donna) Weatherspoon, Steven Weatherspoon, Renee Weatherspoon, Ronnie Weatherspoon Jr., Robert Weatherspoon, Michael Weatherspoon, Heidi aka Lou Lou Weatherspoon, Charlotte aka Disco Weatherspoon (Zach), Jeannette aka Pooty Jones, Seann Jones, Christine aka McTank (Dwight) Mitchell, Candace aka Bird Vaulx, Charlene aka Lil Gail Vaulx, Stephanie Vaulx, Quwan aka Whitey Vaulx, Michael aka White Mike Vaulx; a host of other family members, friends and special friends The Douglas Family, Bernard Thurston and Mike Mercurio.

Jimmy’s final generous act of love was to give the gift of life through organ donation.

PUBLIC Visitation 1:00.

PRIVATE Visitation 2:00 PM and Funeral Service 3:00 PM Monday, February 8, 2021 at Chapel of Peace – East, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. LIVINGSTON AVE.


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  1. Paulette Rutledge

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Weatherspoon family. Jimmy was someone that I’ve known since grade school. Memories of the fellows shooting hoop at Main Street Elementary School!! Rest In Peace Jimmy.
    Childhood friend,
    Paulette Rutledge

  2. Rhonda Thurston LaMarr

    My heart goes out to the entire Weatherspoon family you guys are like family to me an it hurts my to know you guys are going through again with you an for you asking God to craddle all of you with comfort love you all hang in there

  3. Rhonda Thurston LaMarr

    My Heart goes out to the entire Weatherspoon famiy you guys are like family to me an it breaks my heart to know that you are going through again asking God to craddle you in comfort in your time of need praying for you an with you love you all

  4. I would like to give my condolence to the family of my friend J Spoon. I’m praying for you all in this time of your lost. God will always be with along with J Spoon .

  5. Such a wonderful man…childhood freinds….R.I H. My friend.. Praying for strength & comfort during this difficult time

  6. Rodney and Brenda Hudson

    Family of Mr Weatherspoon Sr, we are sorry to hear of your loss , praying for comfort during this time , cherish your memories, Mr Weatherspoon loved and cherished each of you and was so very proud of his children, our prayers and thoughts our with you . Rodney and Brenda Hudson

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. As a former Northland teacher, I am grateful for the support he gave to his children and me. They are a testament to his life.

  8. Coach Lon C Harris

    My condolences to the family of Jim Weatherspoon and may God comfort you as well.

  9. To the Weatherspoon family, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal”. Our sincere prayers and condolences to you all at this difficult time.
    Minister Frank & Latoia Burgess
    Israel Carter, India Golden and our entire family

  10. To The Weatherspoon Family, I am so sorry that you have suffered heartbreaking losses back to back and I know the loss of a husband & dad has to seem unbearable. I pray that God allows you to heal from this heartbreak & that your memories over shadow your pain. I’m thankful our entire family had to opportunity to know such a gentle giant. From our family to yours, we send our deepest condolences and sympathy. Rest well Mr. Weatherspoon. You will be missed.

  11. My dearest cousin because i know that God will comfort you and your family it helps to know y’all will be okay the bible tells us that he will comfort the grieving and take care of the widow woman praying with you everyday i love you much

  12. Devon & Keonna Scott

    Praying for the entire Weatherspoon family. We send our deepest condolences & pray that the Lord blesses you guys in spite of. He called His Angel & I know you guys are beyond thankful for his big presence in your lives. Love you guys so much & if there’s anything you need we are here for you guys!

  13. May God bless you all during this most difficult time. Words cannot express my heartfelt pain on your loss. However, know that God is with you to help, comfort and guide you all. Remember, Spoon will always be with you in memory and your heart. My most sincere condolences. I wish I could be there for you; you all are in my prayers. Love you all.

  14. I am going to miss you so much big cuz Lil Gail as you would call me is really hurt by you leaving so suddenly I can’t explain how much of a impact you were on whole family you was always smiling every time I seen you I don’t even no wut you would look like if you were mad but I love ❤️ you big Jim to moon in back and my cousins you left behind I love y’all so much I’m always a call away big Jim I will never forget you now you have your wings fly over the family and watch over us till we all meet again ILOVE you James Weatherspoon

  15. You will be truly missed ! Such a great man and we had so many great memories with our boys running them around for basketball tournaments. You go ahead and take your rest Mr. Weatherspoon.. Will continue to lift the family in my prayers ..

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