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Church mourns the loss of drummer killed in car accident

Jimmy Shingles and his daughter Jimmy Shingles and his daughter
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

JimmyShingles never missed a beat when it came to attending Sunday church servicesat St. James A.M.E church in downtown Columbus.

His pastor Richard Washingtonsaid Jimmy Shingles was a man of God. "He was one not afraid toexpress his love for God through playing the drums," said PastorWashington.

Shingles was killed Sunday whenhis car swerved, flipped and ran off the road. The impact caused the 1976Corvette to end up facing the opposite direction of traffic. Witnesses saidthey saw the car swerving from side to side before crashing and rolling intothe woods - hitting a tree.

Pastor Washington said Shingleswas very involved with the band at Hardaway High School where his daughterattended school.

"I think his family willmiss his presence and I know his congregation at St. James loved him and willmiss his presence," said Washington.

Highway 80 or J-R Allen Parkwayin Columbus has been known for years for the countless fatal accidents thathave happened along the road. However, investigators still don't know how orwhy Shingles' car ran off the road Sunday afternoon.

Though Shingles is gone, PastorWashington said his church family will be there for his wife and 15-year-olddaughter, never forgetting the soulful beats he played effortlessly everySunday morning.

A funeral for Shingles will beheld at St. James AME Church on Thursday at 3 p.m.  St. James is on 10026th Ave. The Hardaway High School band will perform. 

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