Spencer's Story

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Spencer McMaster DePaola of Thomasville passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017. He was 23. Born in Albany, Georgia on April 18, 1994. On August 23, 2016, he completed his GED and enrolled at Thomas University Spring Semester 2017. Spencer was majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Sports Studies. Ultimately, he wanted to continue his education in Exercise Physiology in graduate school. He loved sharing his knowledge about nutrition and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of different supplements and foods. He was a Certified Personal Trainer and certified for the Low Ropes Course at the YMCA. Spencer was a passionate athlete. During high school he played both football and basketball, but basketball became one of his greatest loves. He continued to play after high school at the Thomasville YMCA daily and in many church leagues. His passion led him to train for America Ninja Warrior. He spent countless hours at the gym and stadium fine honing the skills needed for this competition. Last December he submitted his first application for this show and was selected to be one of three alternates at Daytona Beach. He had already begun preparing for this season at the time of his accident. Spencer also worked at J.C. Penney until the store's closing at the end of July. There he became known as a "person magnet," a description that truly captures his easygoing personality. His love of people allowed him to attract diverse groups of people simultaneously. Many community members remember Spencer's easygoing personality and sweet smile. He lived the Will Rogers way, "never meeting a man he didn't like." He also had a dry wit and was an avid practical joker bringing laughter to all who knew him. The most important thing in Spencer's life was his relationship with Christ. His worn FCA Bible was always close at hand marked extensively with encouragement. His Bible knowledge was eagerly shared in both word and deed drawing others not only to him but to his Lord, Jesus Christ. His favorite verse was Rev. 21:4, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death." He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Elio DePaola, Clarice DePaola, William Pickford, and Marlena Joyce Pickford. He is survived by his father and step-mother, Steve and Robin DePaola of Thomasville; mother, Laura DePaola of Americus, Georgia; brothers, Jordan DePaola of Americus, Georgia, Parker DePaola and Robb Ouzts of Thomasville, Georgia; and sisters, Hannah Ouzts and Megan Ouzts of Thomasville, Georgia; aunts, Arline and Gina DePaola of California, and Linda and uncles Scott and Richard and many cousins. He also had a large extended family including Aunt Claire, Aunt Carolyn, Aunt Lorrie and Aunt Jodi and best friends Matthew Greek, Kaleb Viar, and Josh Funderburg. Arrangements are being handled by Allen and Allen Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at Eastside Baptist on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. A second memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church in Americus, Georgia on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Thomasville, Georgia YMCA, P.O. Box 1037, Thomasville, GA 31799. Guests may sign the online register at www.allenfh.com. Allen &?Allen Funeral Home
Published on August 15, 2017
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