James G. Spoonmore

Born: Thu., Jun. 9, 1960
Died: Sat., Dec. 26, 2020

Graveside Service

12:00 PM Thu., Dec. 31, 2020
Location: West Cemetery

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James G. ‘Jim’ Spoonmore, age 60, of Pittsfield, IL passed away at his home on Saturday, December 26, 2020 following a hard-fought battle with cancer and a Christmas Day surrounded with the love of his wife and all of his children and grandchildren. He was born June 9, 1960 in Pittsfield, the son of George and Loretta (Hamm) Spoonmore. He married Shirley M. Dobey on June 27, 1978 in Pittsfield and she survives.

To characterize Jim to anyone who didn’t know him, would be a lengthy and complex task. A hard worker throughout his entire life; a kind and gentle soul with genuine compassion for others; a fiercely loyal, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle; an accomplished musician with a natural voice and amazing guitar skills; a quick-witted character with a great sense of humor; an intelligent man with diverse interests who mastered anything he set his mind or hand to; a follower of Christ, setting examples throughout his life of true Christian spirit through love, compassion, forgiveness and caring; an animal lover and soft-hearted spoiler of family pets; an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening; a skilled worker with true grit and unfathomable pound-for-pound strength, who provided quality service with a “no quit until the job is done right” attitude.

Throughout his life Jim worked a variety of jobs from gas station attendant/mechanic to farm/livestock work. The latter half of his working life was spent self-employed in the carpentry/construction field. He contributed to his community in a variety of ways throughout the years, including serving as a Little League and County League baseball coach, umpire and member of the Little League board. He and his wife served as adult sponsors for Pittsfield Chapter Kids F.A.C.E., planting trees in local parks and encouraging environmental awareness. For a number of years, he and his wife enjoyed owning, breeding, hunting and showing dogs. He enjoyed traveling, astronomy, old classic vehicles, good comedies and a host of other interests and activities. Above all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; four children, Tobra Avery of Oklahoma, James (Jessie) Spoonmore, Jr. of Oklahoma, Cody (Lindsay) Spoonmore of Springfield, IL and Serenity Spoonmore of Pittsfield, IL; six grandchildren, Elijah, Heidi, Hailey and Conner Avery, Carter Spoonmore and Lilya Spoonmore. He is also survived by his parents, six brothers and two sisters, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, several aunts and uncles and recently a sister-in-law.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation for all the thoughts, cards, prayers and other acts of kindness shown during Jim’s illness and during their time of loss.

Public graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 12:00 PM at West Cemetery in Pittsfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Niebur Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

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Lourine Martinez
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
Uncle Jim was an awesome uncle! He would always take the time to tell me happy birthday every single year, even if I had a different number. My eldest son played guitar and would have me send some videos to him since Uncle Jim loved playing guitar as well! You will be truly missed Uncle Jim, we love you!

Lourine, Anthony, JD, Izzy, and Hudson

Rich Butler
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
Jim was a loyal and true friend. i have alot of fond memories of us coaching County League baseball togather. The community has lost one of it's best but heaven has gained a top flight Man & Coach. God Bless R.I.P. until we meet again old friend.

Lee Everhart
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss.

Emily Heavner
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
Thinking of everyone during this time and sending my condolences to the many whose lives Uncle Jim touched. A truly great man who will certainly be missed by many, including me. Sending my love to everyone!

Dan Christensen
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
My sincere condolences- I am praying for Jim and his family
The Spoonmore clan is a wonderful family-God bless you all!

Bob and Carol Ward
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bob and Kathleen Dunn
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept our prayers and our sympathy.

Orville Smith
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Jims passing. We went to the old Higbee School together, and were good friends. I am very sorry for the pain & suffering he had to endure the last few months. He was always a very kind, soft-spoken gentleman. Please accept my condolences and prayers. I know you will miss him.

ken donohoo
   Posted Sun January 03, 2021
Condolences to the family of Jim Spoonmoore. His life an encouragement for all. Ken & Linda Donohoo

Paul Brass
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
I am sorry to hear you are gone Jim. You have so many friends and family that are all ready missing you. Some how it seems so wrong that god has taken you so young although I am sre he has plans for such a man that you were. This is the last way I have to say good bye to you. So good bye Jim and thank you for being a friend.

Paul Brass

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