J. Roy Spinks, III (1951-2014)

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved company president Roy. He has worked tirelessly over the years to build the company we know as Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors. While he is gone from us, his legacy will go on. Our agents and staff will carry on in the same professional manner as to only bring honor to his name and memory. Please join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Roy Spinks.


John Roy Spinks, III, age 63, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the West Georgia Hospice after a brief illness.

Roy was born March 22, 1951 in LaGrange the son of Calvin T. Spinks, III and Charlene Muse Spinks. He attended public schools in LaGrange and graduated from LaGrange High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1973.

Upon graduation, Roy entered the real estate profession. Since 1987, he has served as President of Spinks, Brown & Durand, Inc., a multi-office real estate brokerage firm serving the LaGrange, GA, West Point, GA and Valley, AL markets. Roy was a member of the National Association of Realtors and held the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the National Association of Realtors and the GRI designation from the Georgia Association of Realtors. He was a life member of the Troup County Board of Realtors Professional Achievement Awards Program and was awarded the Gold Phoenix Award in 2007. He had also received the Circle of Distinction Award given by Coldwell Banker Commercial. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank & Trust – Troup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Bankshares, Inc.

Roy was actively involved in civic and charitable activities including the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman), Troup County Airport Authority (Past Chairman), United Way of West Georgia (Past President), LaGrange Lions Club (Past President), West Georgia Tech Foundation (Past Chairman), LaGrange College Center for Community Studies (Board Member), LaGrange Personal Aid (Past President) and Twin Cedars Foundation (Past President). He was also a member of the Highland Country Club (Past President). He was a graduate of the Leadership Georgia Class of 1990. In 2005 he was inducted into the University of Georgia Gridiron Secret Society. Roy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange where he had served on the Session for three years and was a member of the class of 2014.

Roy’s hobbies included boating and flying. He was a licensed pilot and held a commercial license with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

Roy is survived by his wife of 36 years, Tracy Yates Spinks of LaGrange; a daughter, Jennifer Spinks Upshaw and her husband, Michael, of Columbus; a son, Patrick Spinks and his wife, Erin, of LaGrange; his mother, Charlene M. Spinks of LaGrange; a sister, Gail S. Woodward and her husband, David (Woody), of LaGrange; a granddaughter, Lauren Upshaw of Columbus; an aunt, Helen W. Baker of LaGrange; a brother-in-law, Ben Yates and his wife, Laurie, of LaGrange; a sister-in-law, Tweety Yates, of Champagne, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating the life of Roy Spinks will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the First Baptist Church on the Square following a private burial. A visitation will follow the memorial service in the church. In lieu of flowers, those so desiring may contribute to Twin Cedars, the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, West Georgia Hospice or a favorite charity in memory of Roy Spinks.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

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