Dr. Jason Blaine Spiers CHARLOTTE - Jason Blaine Spiers, 47, of Charlotte, died suddenly in Columbia, South Carolina on November 4, 2012. Born March 2, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia, Jason was the proud son of Shirley Toole Spiers and Dudley Newton Spiers, Jr. Visitation for Dr. Spiers will be Thursday evening, November 8, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Calvary Church in the Rea Room. Funeral Services in celebration of Jason's life will be Friday, November 9th at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at Calvary with burial immediately following in Magnolia Gardens. Following graduation from McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN he went on to attend Johns Hopkins University and medical school at the University of Tennessee - Memphis. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Alabama- Birmingham and his Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at MUSC in Charleston, SC where he met the love of his life Latessa Smith. After his training, Jason and Latessa opened their own practice in Tifton, GA and lived there for five years. Jason was a distinguished Doctor having worked at Presbyterian Pulmonary and Critical Care for approximately 9 years. He was recently serving on the faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Palmetto Richland Hospital where he was the Director of the Intensive Care Unit. He was proud to share his knowledge of pulmonary medicine with fellows, residents and students. Family was the most important part of Jason's life. His love for travel took the family to many places. He was a great father who adored his children, loved throwing the football with his son Jackson and playing with his daughter Mary Elizabeth. Latessa and Jason recently celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary. The family enjoys attending Calvary Church where Mary Elizabeth and Jackson are involved in children's ministries. Jason found so much joy in making friends and took the time to truly listen and deeply care for those he met both personally and professionally. Some of his most notable characteristics were his compassion, kindness, empathy, and his outgoing personality. His happiness and joyful demeanor were apparent to everyone. Survivors include Jason's beloved wife Latessa Smith Spiers, children Jackson and Mary Elizabeth, parents Dudley Newton Spiers, Jr. and Shirley Toole Spiers and brother Jon Phillip Spiers. His Mother and Father-in-law William L. and Elizabeth Ann Smith as well as his brother-in-law Jason L. Smith and three nephews and two nieces also survive him. In memory of Jason, memorial contributions may be made to: The Spiers Children's Educational Fund, C/O Heritage Funeral Home, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, NC 28104. The Spiers family is in the care of Heritage Funeral Home - Weddington Chapel. On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.heritagefuneral.net.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Nov. 7, 2012