I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED THE RACE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH. 2 Tim 4:7
Deacon Jeffrie Spann was born September 2, 1948, to Joseph and Annie Mae Spann in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Jeffrie made his peaceful transition from this life to his new life, Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at home.
Those who preceded him in death were his brother Percy and his father Joseph Spann.
Jeffrie married his high school sweetheart Rosetta in December 1974 and to this union 2 children were born. Jeff was a family man who truly loved his family. He was a devoted husband, father, granddad, son, brother and uncle. Jeffrie loved taking his family on vacations and exposing his children to new and different things and places, he also found great joy in being a granddad. Each year he looked forward to attending the Magic City Classic.
Jeffrie accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Christian Valley Baptist Church where he attended Sunday school regularly and served on the Deacon Board, the #2 Usher Board, finance committee and served as Chairman of the Deacon Board for several years. Jeffrie was also the church electrician, videographer and HVAC service man. He was a 1966 graduate of GW Carver High School. After graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a truck driver while stationed in Vietnam for nine months. After his discharge from the Army, Jeffrie was employed at ACIPCO where he retired from after 38 years of service. A little known fact is that at a very young age he developed a love for how electrical appliances worked and proceeded to satisfy his curiosity by disassembling his mother’s mixer. To his mother’s delight, and fortunately for him, he did reassemble it in working condition. In further pursuit of his fascination for electricity, he enrolled at Wenonah State Technical School for electrical training. He continued his electrical training with correspondence courses and upon finishing these courses, working as an apprentice, and then as a journeyman, he achieved the title of Master Electrician. He and James Jones became two of the first African-Americans to be hired as electricians at ACIPCO. Jeffrie accomplished his goal of owning his own business, JR Electric Company in 1976. After retirement, at age 61, he enrolled in Lawson State College and completed the Heating and Air Condition (HVAC) program and graduated with honors in 2011.
Jeffrie was an active member of the American Legion Post 0347. He was a former member of the Pride of N. Birmingham #319 and earned his 33rd Degree from the United Supreme Council.
Jeffrie will be remembered as a friendly standup kind of guy who would say something that would turn a bad situation into something positive. He was certainly outspoken, had a great sense of humor and at family gatherings he would keep us laughing. Jeffrie will truly be missed.
Those who are left to cherish his memory: Wife, Rosetta Spann; children, Roderick Caldwell, PA; Eric (Darnita) Spann FL; Talisha Spann, AL; granddaughter, Zarina Spann; his mother, Annie Mae Spann; sisters Linda (Carl) Richardson AL; Elaine (Calvin) Steele, AL; aunt, Flora Lavender, AL; brother- in- laws, Adolph Davidson, AL; Leo (Belinda) Davidson, CA; Sis-in-laws, Shirley Rutledge, AL; Fannie Singleton, CA, nephews, Keith (Zenobia) Foreman, AL.,; Cedric Richardson, VA; Ahmad Davidson, GA; Zolton Davidson, MD; Leo Davidson, Jr. CA; Joe Rutledge, AL; Carlos Rutledge, AL; Otis Singleton, Jr., CA; Nieces, Karlinda Richardson, AL., Shekedra Rutledge, AL; Danielle Fuller, CA; Delphine Mason, AL; Joann Carroll, AL; a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and GW Carver class of ‘66 . Those who Jeffrie shared a special brotherly bond with: Sam White, Rubbie White, Lamar McMullen.
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