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December 9, 1976 – August 10, 2023

James A. Spratley, 46, of Petersburg, VA, transitioned from this life on Thursday, August 10, 2023, after a long health battle. “Debo” as he was well known as, was born December 9, 1976 to Gloria Spratley and James Hobson.

Debo dedicated his life to helping others with his caring and loving heart.  He loved to laugh and make jokes to ensure those around him were happy. He loved the Miami Dolphins and was known as the “Jersey King” Because you would always see him wearing a different jersey every day. He will truly be missed. Debo loved spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James R. Hobson; maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Spratley; paternal grandmother, Lucy M. Hobson; aunt, Mary S. Spratley;
cousins, Jimmy Green, Morris Travis, Bernard Spratley, Alfonzo and Arnita Lewis. 

Debo leaves to cherish his memories: his loving and devoting wife, Latrice Spratley; mother, Gloria Spratley; father, James Hobson; daughters, Timesha Hargrave and Jasmin Cuebas; step-daughters, Talisha White and Jayla Webster; grandchildren, Karmyn Walker; step grandchildren, Trinity and Ta’Marion Scott; sisters, Katonya and Latisha Spratley; sister-in-law, Markleca White; brothers, Oliver Spratley, Antoine D. Hobson (Wateria); brother-in-law, Lee White; uncles, nelson and Donnell Spratley, Henry Jones (Joyce), Kennedy and Andre Hobson; aunts, Deloris Hopson (devoted), Yvonne Hopson and Brenda Hobson Brown; devoted friends, John Graves and Charles Creighton; mother at heart, Wanda Creighton; and a host of other devoted family and friends. 

Services will be held 3:00 P.M., Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 800 Augusta Avenue, Petersburg, VA, the Rev. Dr. Wesley K. McLaughlin, Pastor and  Rev. Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Jr., eulogist. The interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, watch the funeral services live online at