Everett Spells Jr.
HOLLANDALE — Funeral services for Everett Curtis Spells Jr., 81, of Hollandale, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Mount Zion Church, 100 Church Road, Darlove, with the Rev. James Gray officiating. He died Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Sharkey Issaquena Hospital, Rolling Fork. Viewing will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Mount Zion Church, Darlove. Burial will be at Mount Zion Church Cemetery, Darlove, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.
Everett Curtis Spells Jr. was born Jan. 21, 1940, to the late Maggie Lee and Everett Curtis Spells, Sr in Colia, MS. Everett was known to family and friends as Buddy Boy, Curtis and/or Rubber Duck. He was educated in Arcola Public School. Curtis left school after the 10th grade to help financially care for his large family because he was the oldest of 14 brothers and sisters. However, that did not stop him from being an avid reader and savvy businessman.
On June 3, 2021, he transitioned from his earthly life to his eternal home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Spells Sr. and Maggie Spells; his wife of 42 years, Lucy Beatrice Spells; and four brothers, J.W. Spells, Johnny Spells, Willie ‘Pete’ Spells and Cecil Spells.
At an early age, Curtis professed his faith in Jesus Christ. He was baptized at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Darlove, Mississippi by the late Rev. A.D. Williams. As a member there for over 70 years, Curtis served as a choir member and deacon.
Starting a very young age, Curtis worked at various jobs. He was truly a “jack of all trades.” Retiring from Super Value after 29 years as a long-distance truck driver, Curtis received over 20 years of safe driving awards. Also, he logged over a million miles for safe driving. Reading, cooking, farming, fishing and hunting were some of his favorite hobbies. As a lover of music, Curtis always had a lead guitar, piano, a harmonica and he even formed a gospel group called the Gospelaires.
He was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Lucy B. Welch on Aug. 13, 1960. Their union was blessed with five children, Glenn Spells, of Hollandale, Jacqueline Spells, of Darlove, Audrey (Lonnie DeRoy) Cooper, of Buford, GA, Janet (Malcolm) Tarver, of Shreveport, LA, and Everett Wayne (Cathie) Spells, of Shreveport, LA. Curtis was a devoted grandfather of 12 children and 15 great-grandchildren. He leaves to cherish his loving memory; three sisters; Euola Churchill, of Indianapolis, IN, Mary Turnentine (John), of Indianapolis, IN, and Dorothy Spells, of Nashville, TN; brothers, James (Lisa) Spells, of Indianapolis, IN, Charles (Elise) Spells, of Houston, TX, Robert Earl Spells, of Indianapolis, IN, Roy Spells, of Vicksburg, Melvin (Carolyn) Spells, of Darlove, and Milton (Jeannie) Spells, of Courtland, Alabama; a dear friend, Cynthia Vassar; one goddaughter, Angelia Edwards; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He will always be remembered for his loving and caring ways.