LaGrange Callaway Airport Names Spinks Field
It was an honor to join so many people to witness the naming of Spinks Field at the LaGrange Callaway Airport last Thursday morning.
Roy Spinks was an outstanding business man with exceptional notice to detail. He was a known leader in commercial real estate in the West Central Georgia and East Alabama areas with an exquisite leadership style. He loved his family dearly and he also loved flying.
During his time Roy served as Chairman of the Troup County Airport Authority as well as a leader in many other groups in Troup County and the surrounding areas on both local and state levels. Those who knew him respected his hard work and decision making.
Roy passed away in 2014 after a short battle with a rare illness.
The last piece of commercial property that he brokered and sold was the Neighborhood Walmart off LaFayette Parkway in LaGrange. In 2015, he was first honored by the City of LaGrange when they named the road to Walmart “Roy Spinks Drive”. Every time I pass that street, it brings a smile to my face.
As a Partner and President at Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand REALTORS, he led the company with excellence and integrity.
As mentioned in the naming ceremony, he was well taught and a respected member of this community. He grew up alongside his parents in the real estate firm. As I watched his mother at the unveiling this morning, I couldn’t help but think how proud she was. With that great big smile of hers, I’m certain she was thinking, “Well done, son.”
The entire Spinks family beamed with pride knowing what their son, husband and father meant to this community.
As we watched a plane take off during the ceremony, it was a fitting moment. My thoughts of this great man made me smile. Roy was an encourager. He led by example. He never raised his voice. It was not uncommon for him to ask for your opinion. He had a way of bringing peace to any occasion.
This week is the 5 year anniversary of his death. Roy Spinks will never be forgotten because he has touched so many lives in such positive ways. The next time a plane flies overhead, I know I will think of him
Fly high, Roy, fly high!
New Road Named In Honor Of Roy Spinks
As printed in the Troup County News (February 13, 2015)
The last piece of commercial property brokered and sold by local real estate icon Roy Spinks before his untimely death last September was what is now the new Walmart Neighborhood Market on LaFayette Parkway. Therefore, as a tribute to his efforts, as well as a lifelong commitment to business development throughout the community, the road leading to the store from the parkway has officially been named Roy Spinks Drive.
The LaGrange City Council heard the second reading and gave final approval to an ordinance on Tuesday authorizing the name designation, followed by an unveiling of the road sign during a special ceremony Wednesday morning, which was attended by members of Mr. Spinks’ family.
“Roy lived by a very simple agenda – he put faith, family and the future of this community first, and he did business with unquestionable integrity”, said LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton. “The council and I are honored to memorialize his more than 40 years of service to our community”.
Roy Spinks passed away on September 17, 2014, after battling a rare illness known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a degenerative brain disorder that affects about one in every one-million people per year worldwide. The illness usually appears later in life and has a mortality rate of 90 percent for those diagnosed within the first year.
Mr. Spinks was a senior partner with Coldwell Banker Spinks-Brown-Durand Realtors in LaGrange, and was a member of the national, state and local realtor associations. He was also very active in community and civic organizations as President of Twin Cedars Foundation, Community Bank and Trust Board, and the LaGrange College Center for Community Studies.
Among other positions spanning three decades, Mr. Spinks was Past Chairman of the Troup County Airport Authority, West Georgia Tech Foundation, Troup County Transportation Authority and LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Past President of United Way of West Georgia, LaGrange Lions Club and Highland Country Club.
“Throughout his life as a business and civic leader, Roy’s dedication and commitment to excellence made a positive impact on all of us, and we are still reaping the benefits today”, added Mayor Thornton at the conclusion of Wednesday’s ceremony.
Who’s ready to play the Feud??
Matt Almand is son-in-law to Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand sales associate Cindy Fulks and her husband Jerry Fulks, President/CEO of West Georgia Health. Matt recently submitted an audition to the Family Feud and was selected to appear with family members. We are happy to announce that Cindy and her husband will appear alongside Matt. Other team members include Matt’s father and aunt. The “Almand” family shows will air on Feb. 16-18, at 7:30pm, on the CW station. Please check your local listings to see some familiar faces on national TV!
We Aren’t Just About Sales! Just Ask Isabelle!
Recently, Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors’ sales associate, Isabelle Knight represented a client in the leasing of retail space in the Bridgewood Shopping Center
located at 300 Mooty Bridge Road (next to The Medicine Cabinet). The new tenant’s business is a smoke shop and cigar outlet boasting “cheapest prices in town”. You can also find typical convenience store items such as drinks and snacks, as well as gift items such as jewelry.
The store manager is Jay Parikh and welcomes your business.
Check out the store today!
James Potts, “Double Agent”
We are so proud of James Potts and one of his most recent sales. He listed the historic Hogan House last spring after pursuing an expired listing. Within a few months, he received an inquiry from a buyer that eventually lead to an accepted offer. He handled both sides of the transaction with grace and professionalism. Check out the article below from the Troup County News article published on January 30, 2015.
Historic Hogan House to Become New Bed And Breakfast
An Australian couple has purchased the historic Argente’ Estate property on Main Street in Hogansville, and plan to utilize it for their private residence as well as a bed and breakfast. The house, built in 1895, was the home of William Hogan, for whom the City of Hogansville is named. It was totally restored in recent years by a previous owner.
Mark and Sheri Metternick-Jones were searching for a place to retire in the United States, and looked at literally hundreds of properties before deciding on the Hogan house.
“It had to be the right location, in a small town yet within proximity of a large city. It had to have a minimum acreage, an equal number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and preferably be a structure of historic significance to fit our overall plan. We found exactly what we were looking for in Hogansville”, said Sheri Metternick-Jones.
Sheri is a native of the United States, born and raised in Illinois, where she earned a degree in Animal Science. Her subsequent career took her to Australia, where she met and eventually married her husband, Mark. There, they raised a family on a farm outside of Perth along the country’s western coast.
The couple’s three children are moving with their parents to Hogansville. Hannah and Georgia, 21-year-old twin girls, both have theatrical degrees in Costume and Set Design. They plan to seek employment with Georgia’s flourishing film industry. Their brother, 19-year-old Silas, will be entering college this fall, but has not yet decided where to attend.
A group of City officials, downtown merchants, and James Potts from Coldwell Banker Spinks-Brown-Durand Realtors, who sold the property, gathered at Victoria Belle Mansion in Hogansville Tuesday afternoon to officially welcome the new family. During his greeting, Mayor Bill Stankiewicz recalled the first time he encountered citizens from the land down under.
“In 1973, I was playing on the U. S. rugby team in my hometown of Philadelphia, and we had a game against the Wallabies, which was the team from Australia. They really whooped us good, and I’ve never forgotten it. Nevertheless, I’m confident my experience with our new neighbors will be far more pleasant, and it is my honor to welcome you to Hogansville”, said Stankiewicz.
Mark Metternick-Jones is still in Australia and will join his family following the sale of their farm. They plan to open the bed and breakfast business in late spring or early summer.
Christmas is Our Favorite Time of Year!
Here at Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors, we simply love Christmas. Whether we are decorating the office, or having a Christmas luncheon or being entertained by Benji the Elf, we are having fun.
I can scarcely imagine a better collection of people to work with other than our CBSBD agents and staff.
As we bring 2014 to a close, we reflect on the bittersweet year it has been. While we still mourn the loss of Roy (especially today with our first company gathering without him), we do celebrate the addition of 5 new agents in 2014.
We look forward to 2015 in hopes that it will be a year of prosperity and success company-wide that will do nothing but bring honor to Roy and his legacy.
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
Steven Ward, Troup County Board of Realtors’ REALTOR OF THE YEAR 2013!
Be Part of the Magic! New Website Needs Your Help!
Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand recently alerted its customers that a new website is in the works. The new site will be rolled out around the beginning of the New Year.
One of the features of the website will be the addition of more local photos. We want people to grasp the essence of LaGrange and surrounding areas when visiting our site.
You can be a part of the magic!
Today, we are beginning a contest in which the public may submit photos. The top 12 chosen will be featured on our new website. We welcome seasonal shots of neighborhoods, local attractions or events such as Christmas or July 4th, or anything you feel defines community and the way of life here in West Georgia and East Alabama. We do ask that you not submit photos of individuals unless they are part of a large group such as a parade.
The photo should be in digital format and high quality. Please email the photo to email@example.com along with your name, address, phone number, and statement of release allowing Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand to use your photo. Unless otherwise requested, you will be given credit for the photo should it be selected.
West Point Winter Carnival- November 23, 2013
Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand has a tree in the “Festival of Trees”! Two of our agents, Skip and Jane have decorated it Blue, White and Silver. The attendees will have an opportunity to donate to Chattahoochee Hospice at our tree. It is a community fundraiser to benefit various charities. We are on the front row on Hwy 29, so come on down and join us for the fun!!!!! Bring the entire family! Fun for all ages!
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