Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 West Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX


James Douglas Alonzo Spielman

May 10, 1953June 3, 2019
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A memorial service for James Douglas Alonzo Spielman will be Wednesday June 19, 2019 a Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. (Service will be casual)

James Douglas Alonzo Spielman, age 66, of Copperas Cove, Texas passed away on Monday June 3, 2019. James was born May 10, 1953 in Berkley Springs, West Virginia to Betty Spielman and Denver Spielman.

James' fondest childhood memories are playing outside, riding bikes, playing marbles and being with his friends.

Things that made him smile are good times, good bonfires and good friends.

His special achievement was when he was crowned the TOPS TX State King in 1987. He also held various offices while in TOPS.

He loved to swim, walk, and go to casinos.

James was very proud when he retired from CTC (Central Texas College) after 33 years of employment. CTC is where he and Sabrina met. The were both employees. He said "Getting married to Sabrina was his proudest family moment."

They were married for 37 years. Even though, they never had any children of their own, he enjoyed taking his nephews and nieces to Astroworld and Waterworld. As we all know, James was just a "big kid' himself.

"Old Man" had a special bond with his niece, Brittany Spielman. He enjoyed clothes shopping for her at Wal-Mart. Hitting those sales! Also, taking her to the casino. Letting the wife, ride in the back, while Brittany got to ride in the front and be the Queen.

James, Jimmy, Gee-la, Chuckles, Tons-of-Fun and Old Man will be missed by all.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerscopperascove.com for the Spielman family.


  • Sabrina Spielman, Wife
  • Denver Spielman, Father
  • Betty Spielman, Mother
  • Jonn Spielman, Brother
  • Krystal Habisch, Sister
  • Dusty Spielman, Brother
  • Katrina Spielman, Sister


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019


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Kristen Spielman

June 19, 2019

Bill always had lots of fun hanging out with Uncle Jimmy. Trips to the arcade and Schlitterbahn were a blast. Always looked forward to seeing him. He will be missed.

Kristen Spielman

June 19, 2019

Bill always had lots of fun hanging out with Uncle Jimmy. Trips to the arcade and Schlitterbahn were a blast. Always looked forward to seeing him. He will be missed.

Shirley Anderson

June 18, 2019

Many happy memories of James, especially at TOPS meetings. He also made me smile no matter where I saw him at. Prayers for family.

Betsy Eads

June 14, 2019

So sorry for your loss Sabrina and James's family.
I have so many fond memories of him mostly from our years at TOPS.
Always keeping us on our toes and making us laugh at meetings.
He was such a loving Uncle and always a great friend.
You are missed.

Linda Carlson

June 14, 2019

Love and miss you, my dear friend.

Helen Hamil

June 14, 2019

James has been my brother i n law for 37 years and has included me in his and Sabrina's trips to the casino or to walmart where he loved to shop for anything on sale lol and he could always find things on sale like i remember pumpkin pies . He was sweet to share the pies with my family and we really enjoyed them and gave me candy that he bought on sale after any holiday when he could buy it half price or cheaper . He always was getting good deals on sale items . James helped my family when there was anything that we needed he was thoughtful to help anyway he could. He gave me the knick name Kay Bob and i had one for him too..lol.He knows..haha...I will miss you James and your smile and your blowing your nose like a freight Train lol...and your big yawn that rocked the house haha...Love you James R.I.P.

Sharon Collins

June 12, 2019

My condolences to the family. I will always remember James and our laughs. We had some good times. Now he is there with others from CTC having a good old time. Sabrina, I don't know if you remember me. Sending you hugs. Sharon

Annabelle Smith

June 12, 2019

Knew Jimmie Spielman, his mother and sister here at CTC. Always happy and joking. My sympathy to the family.

Jerry Hamil

June 12, 2019

I remember James working at CTC forever! He and Sabrina used to invite me to their apartment on the CTC campus many years ago and we played Atari video games. They also invited me to the Houston area and I remember staying in a really tall hotel. I worked with CTC before James retired and he helped a lot with printing services. I will see you again! Jerry

Lovie Dunn

June 12, 2019

Deepest condolences for Jimmy's family. I worked with Jimmy for a long time at CTC. Lot's and fun and happy memories. Hugs and prayers Sabrina!



James Douglas Alonzo Spielman was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, James will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       He was the son of Denver Lee Spielman Sr and Betty Louise Spielman both are living and reside the Killeen, TX. James grew up a military child, he traveled parts of Europe and the U. S.

      As a young boy, James had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. In his spare time he liked playing marbles and playing oustide with friends. However, to James, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      A typical teenager, James had a happy high school experience, making the transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Killeen High School Killeen, TX in 1972 He loved planning the reunions with the committees. He enjoyed going to football games and hanging out with his friends, his high school friends became life long friends.

He earned his associates in General Studies from Central Texas College in 1983,

      Always considered a “good” friend to those who knew him, James enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. While growing up, some of his best friends were Ed Watkins, Robert Chacon, Lupe Gonzales, Gayle Lewis, Linda Carlson and more. Later in life, he became "Uncle Chuckles" to their children and grandchildren..

      On November 14, 1981 James exchanged wedding vows with Sabrina Ann Carriger at Eastside Baptist Church of Copperas Cove, TX. Empathic and loyal, James was committed to making his new family happy.

      Fortunately, James enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, James worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was Printing Tech III. He was employed for 33 years with Central Texas College. James always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      James enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were going to the casino when he could. Taking care of his special niece, Brittany Spielman. .

      James found pleasure in sports. James was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. #1 on his list were Astro's Baseball.

      James’s faith was important to him. He was Baptized May 1981 at Eastside Baptist Church in Copperas Cove, TX.

            James enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included going on trips with the family.

      James was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Dori - black and white cat. They were best friends for 3 years. His family was rounded out by his total of 3 cats - Ophelia 19 years old, Dori 5 years old and Binxy almost 2 years old.

      James passed away on June 3, 2019 at Marlingwood East Rehab Center Temple TX. Throat cancer from 2016 returned in Feb 2019. James is survived by his wife, Sabrina Spielman; father Denver Spielman and mother Betty Spielman both of Killeen:; brother Jonn Spielman, of Belton: and sister Krystal Habisch, of Brainerd, MN:. Many Uncles, Aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Brother in laws and sister in laws Billy and Sandra Bullard Brownwood, TX; Helen (Kay) Hamil Copperas Cove, TX; and Pamela Hamil Lampasas, TX.

      Simply stated, James was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. James leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember James Spielman.