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McSPEDDEN, RICHARD LEE Richard Lee McSpedden, 84, died Oct. 8, 2013, at his home in Dallas, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 12 at Sparkman Funeral Home, 1029 Greenville Ave., Richardson, Texas 75081. "Dick" was born to Fannie Daffan Tatum and Scott Lee McSpedden in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School in 1946, and from Southern Methodist University in 1954 with a degree in Business. Dick married Billye Faye Dillon in 1954. He worked full time while attending law school at night and graduated with honors in 1959 from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he received the Order of the Woolsack, a scholastic honor awarded only to graduates in the top ten percent of their class. Dick practiced law in Dallas, Texas for 54 years. His practice was primarily spent with a firm eventually named Collie, McSpedden, Roberts, Buchmeyer & Hall. Dick's primary law partner, friend and mentor was Waller M. Collie, deceased. Dick served as the Chairman of the Board of First Community Church, as a member of the Richardson I.S.D. Bi-Racial Committee, as the pro bono attorney for the Little People of America, as a "fun and creative" Sunday school teacher at First Community Church and as a tireless volunteer for the Girl Scouts of America. First and foremost, Dick was devoted to his wife, his three daughters and his two grandsons. He enjoyed friends, travel, fine food and drink. He was an avid reader, Scrabble player, Domino player and State Fair of Texas bread baking winner. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Billye Dillon McSpedden; daughters Mary Ellen McSpedden, Melissa McSpedden and Sarah McSpedden Hendricks; son-in-law John Wesley Hendricks; grandsons, Spencer Dillon Hendricks and Wlson McSpedden Hendricks; step-grandchildren Otto Clark-Martinek and Digby Clark-Martinek; Sister Charlotte Vautrain; his nieces and nephews and their families; and numerous cousins primarily living in North Texas. We especially thank Melissa Carry, M.D.and Vitas Hospice Care, 8585 N. Stemmons Freeway #200S, Dallas, Texas 75247-9952 where donation can be made.


Published in Dallas Morning News from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2013
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