James Scott Spencer, age 53, of Pelham, Alabama departed this life on March 6, 2014 surrounded by family in his home. Born and raised in Brewton, Alabama, Scott graduated from T. R. Miller High School in 1979. Scott was the football player and his sister Sarah was on the sidelines as a cheerleader. After graduation, Scott served his country in the Air Force for 4 years. Upon his discharge from the Air Force, Scott went to the home in his heart and achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a Mississippi State Bulldog. He enrolled at Mississippi State University and graduated earning his MBA in 1987. Scott worked in the banking industry throughout the rest of his life, the past 11 years with BBVA Compass. Scott’s colleagues at work would all tell you that he was not just a fellow employee, he was a cherished friend to all. Scott was diligent in his work and worried about missing even one day for a Doctor’s appointment. The men and women that he worked with were family to him. Scott would come home and tell the funniest stories that mostly seemed to stem from lunch hour with “the boys”. You guys know what I’m talking about…uh huh…Scott loved his job and everyone he worked with.
Scott’s life will seem too short by many (which it was), but those who were lucky enough to be touched by him and brought into his life understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one is blessed to be on this earth. Scott Spencer lived his life. His love of the outdoors began at a very young age. Scott’s father raised him that way and Scott shared that love with his children also. Whether heading out West in search of a big buck, fly fishing for Rainbow Trout on the Sipsey River, or simply camping out at Oak Mountain State Park, outdoors was where he belonged. Scott didn’t just go out and hunt or fish, he put a lot of work into it. He loaded his own bullets and tied his own flies. He liked to do everything himself and had to have the best equipment. UPS is real tired of walking down our hill. And the research and detail that went into everything…well, let’s just say that his wife, Kim, had to teach him a little bit about spontaneity and finding the humor in everything being not so perfect. Scott also loved photography and, believe it or not, was a great cook. Of course, looking back, a lot of times it was either cook or starve. Stephen used to say “who’s cooking, Dad or Kim?”, if the answer was dad he stayed and ate. Scott’s hobbies led him to meet many wonderful people throughout the years. Scott never met a stranger and formed many lifelong friendships through his many adventures.
Partially stuck in the 80’s, except for his physical appearance and clothing (thank goodness), Scott was obsessed with music from the 80’s. He could tell you the name of the song, the band, what year and month it came out, etc….it amazed me. Nothing would please Scott more than to have Def Leppard jamming out at his Memorial Service……we had to draw the line somewhere. I wish the guys at work could have seen his 80’s dance moves…not too bad really. There was no changing the station in the car, you just had to put up with it. All the kids knew to just take their headphones and ipod or phone. Keith Urban should feel so special. Scott actually loved Keith Urban’s music and was so excited when he got to go back stage last year and hangout and meet him in person. Never could get him to like any other country music. Well, I take that back, he did love Sarah Evans. Not really sure if that was for the music though.
Now for the most important aspect of Scott’s life - Mississippi State University. Scott was most passionate about his Bulldogs. An insatiable fan, he never missed a football game. Scott enjoyed all sports at MSU and was a great supporter and contributor to their athletic program. When it was time to leave Pelham and go to Starkville for a football game, Kim better be ready on time or she was going to be left standing at the door with pom poms in hand. Actually happened once…..never happened again. One of the proudest moments in Scott’s life was when his son, Stephen, received his acceptance letter to MSU. Scott’s father also graduated from MSU and he was so excited to see the tradition continue. Scott wanted so badly to see the finished expansion of the football field and he will. He will have the best seat in the house right next to his daddy on top of the jumbotron.
A man’s legacy is determined by the story he lived, Scott Spencer left a legacy!
Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Winnice Spencer of Starkville, Mississippi and an infant brother, Steven. Survivors include his wife, Kimberlee Holler Spencer; sister Sarah Elizabeth Spencer; sons, Stephen S. Spencer and Jonathan L. Boyd; daughters, Lindsey C. Holler and Caroline A. Holler (Alex); grandson, Ayden R. Holler; and son-in-law and friend Johnathon P. Carter.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage on 119 in Pelham Alabama. Visitation will begin at 2:30 pm and the service will be held at 3:30 pm with a reception to follow.
*A separate celebration of life service will be held in Starkville, MS on campus at a later date. We will let all our Mississippi family and friends know as soon as plans are finalized.
*The family would like to give special thanks to the following Doctor’s, caregivers, and associates who have and continue to provide so much needed support and care: Dr. Christopher Jahraus and staff, Dr. Susan Ferguson, Dr. Jimmie Harvey and staff, Dr. Scott Kelly and staff, Dr. Francois Blaudeau, Riley and Jackson, New Beacon Hospice of Alabaster, Elaine Lay, R.N., BBVA Compass and staff, North Shelby County Animal Hospital and staff, Church of the Highlands and Johnathon Carter (couldn’t have made it without you!), and all the support from numerous family and friends. We love you all!
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either (both are tax-deductible) The Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, www.pcf.org  or The Mississippi State Bulldog Club, Bryan Athletic Adm. Building, P.O. Box BT, MSU, MS 39762, www.hailstate.com