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Church mourns the loss of drummer killed in car accident

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Jimmy Shingles and his daughter Jimmy Shingles and his daughter

Jimmy Shingles never missed a beat when it came to attending Sunday church services at St. James A.M.E church in downtown Columbus.

His pastor Richard Washington said Jimmy Shingles was a man of God. "He was one not afraid to express his love for God through playing the drums," said Pastor Washington.

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

Pastor Washington said Shingles was very involved with the band at Hardaway High School where his daughter attended school.

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

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

Though Shingles is gone, Pastor Washington said his church family will be there for his wife and 15-year-old daughter, never forgetting the soulful beats he played effortlessly every Sunday morning.

A funeral for Shingles will be held at St. James AME Church on Thursday at 3 p.m.  St. James is on 1002 6th Ave. The Hardaway High School band will perform. 

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