Nicole Chuntae Spencer, aka “Coco”, was born on September 22, 1980 to Johnny and Videllia Spencer. She was the first of two children born to this union. Her brother, Johnny Jimmeal “Bunny-Bunny”, died at the age of three. At an early age, she was raised in the loving home of her stepfather, Edwin D. Hodge.
Nicole confessed Christ at an early age as a member of Greater Harvest Church in Dallas, Texas under the late Bishop F.W. Smith, Jr. and currently Bishop Corby Bush, Sr. Before the pandemic break-out, she joined Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Chris Wesley.
Nicole attended John XXIII School, William Brown Miller Elementary School, Oliver Wendell Holmes Academy and Yvonne Ewell -Townview Center of Science & Engineering School. She graduated from University of Texas – Arlington with a BS Degree in Liberal Arts with a secondary degree in English. She wanted to become a teacher and completed her teacher’s certification work at Mountain View College.
Nicole has always been passionate about children and became an English and Science teacher at several schools throughout her career. Due to the pandemic, she taught with the aid of Virtual Learning through the 2020 calendar year, which ended up being her last year as a teacher.
Nicole’s second passion was tutoring children by bringing them up to learning capacity and ability that she knew exists. There are a lot of little “Coco-ikes” out in the world. Nicole’s next hidden talent that not too many people knew about, was her passion for writing short-story. To date, there are thousands of stories waiting to be published under the name of Nicole “Coco”.
She was preceded in death by a host of family and friends waiting to receive her, but the immediate family are grandparents, Billy and Mother Thelma O’Neil; grandparents from the Spencer and Hodge families; brother, Johnny Jimmeal Spencer; uncle, Ocie Earl O’Neil and first cousin, Carren O’Neil.
To the ones remaining to cherish her precious memories are mother and father Videllia O’Neil and Johnny Spencer; stepfather Edwin Hodge; uncles Amos and Eugene (Caroline) O’Neil; aunts Thelma Lowe, Della O’Neil, Brunett O’Neil and Debra (John) Miles. Nicole enjoyed an array of first and second cousins (too many to mention, but you know who you are). She enjoyed special friendships with many, especially Quincy & Tracie Lowe, Isabel Alvelo, Cassie, Maria, Tiffany, and Michelle. There are individuals who proclaim to be her second mothers, and they are Della P. O’Neil, Thelma F. Lowe, and Linda G. O’Neil.
We sincerely appreciate everyone that impacted her life. She was born to give a smile, give an encouraging word and mold small minds for the world. Thank you, our little Angel.