Hoy Barksdale "Speedy" Speer, 96, of Stuttgart, Arkansas passed away Friday, July 10, 2015, at Crestpark in Stuttgart.
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Mr. Speer was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Tandy, Mississippi, to James Walter and Flourney Barksdale Speer. He attended Louisiana Northeast Junior College at Monroe where he graduated from the aviation program. He then enlisted in the Army Air Corp where he served from 1942-1946 in the U.S. as an aviation instruction, Ferry Command and later in North Africa as transport senior pilot. He was able to nearly circumvent the globe with trips to China and later to Japan post war.
He was retired from Farm Bureau at age 65 as an adjuster. Much of his later life was spent in his church work as a teacher, deacon and supporter of his church.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Lee Howell Speer; brother, James Walter Speer Jr.; and sister, Ina Claire Anderson.
Survivors are his son, Dr. Hoy B. Speer and wife Dr. Marolyn Speer of Stuttgart; granddaughter, Dr. Christine Buono and husband Dr. Lawrence Buono of East Ouogue, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, James and Christopher Buono; brother, Sydnor Speer; sister-in-law, Joyce Howell Ford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His family offers special thanks to Dr. Noble Daniel, the staff at Crestpark and his caregivers, Nancy Lloyd, Tawanna Sims, Kemi London, Francie Thacker and Patricia Johnson.
Visitation is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Turpin Funeral Home. Funeral services, officiated by Bro. Gregg Greenway, are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Southside Baptist Church in Stuttgart with burial later that day at Memorial Park in Bastrop. Visitation will follow from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church in Bastrop.
The family requests memorials be made to Southside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 424, Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160; or First Baptist Church, 620 E. Madison, Bastrop, Louisiana 72110.
Please go to www.turpin-co.com to sign the online guestbook.
Turpin Funeral Home Inc
1107 W 22Nd St
Stuttgart, AR 72160
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise on July 15, 2015