Coach Terry D. Spangler, 56 of Pennsboro, passed away, surrounded by his family, November 30 at his residence after a hard fought 16 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born March 21, 1957 in Charleston, son of James H. and Alice M. (Milam) Spangler of Whitesville.
He graduated from Sherman High School in 1976 where he was an outstanding athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball. He achieved All State Honors in both football and baseball and went to play both sports in college. He played at Glenville State College and made the WVIAC All Conference Team in both football and baseball. His love of sports led him to Ritchie County to begin his teaching career. He taught and coached in Ritchie Co. for 28 years and coached many athletes in Girl’s Basketball, Boy’s Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Little League, Ponytail, and AAU Basketball.
He was also well known for his softball talent. He played with several men’s teams and was “famous” for hitting the ball out of the park wherever he played. He was inducted into the MOV Sports Hall of Fame to culminate his sports & coaching achievements in 2010.
While he had his own accomplished sports awards, he was most proud of the accomplishments of his student athletes including his daughters, Tara, Missy and Kelly which he had the opportunity to coach throughout their sports careers.
Surviving in addition to his mother and father is his wife of 35 years, Carol (Nelson) Spangler, children: Tara Nelson (Troy) of Parkersburg, Missy Spangler (Brock Stotts) of Given, WV, Kelly Spangler of Pennsboro and Andy Wagoner of Pennsboro, sister Sandra Browning (Tony), grandchildren, Sophia and Carter Nelson, mother and father-in-law, Calvin and Betty Nelson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Saturday 5PM at the Ritchie County High School Gymnasium with Pastor Dan Martin officiating. A time of gathering and fellowship will be Saturday 1-5 at the Gym.
The family would like to thank caregivers Debby Brady, Laurie Kerns Burch, neighbors Tommy Summers and Wesley Ezell for their love and kindness shown to Terry and his family in his last days.
The family requests for those attending services to wear their “Team Spangler” shirts or if fitting, a sports shirt affiliated with their connection with Terry.
Terry lived his life inspiring and influencing others so the family wants to continue his legacy by doing just that. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to “Team Spangler” that will be utilized for Parkinson’s Research, scholarship establishment, and some improvements Terry wanted for the community.
Donations can be sent to: Team Spangler, c/o Missy Spangler, 487 Corbin Heights Circle, Given, WV 25245.
The McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro is assisting the Spangler family with funeral arrangements.