TUPELO – Billy W. Spencer, 81, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. He was born April 17, 1933, in Mississippi to Hurschel and Lillian Champion Spencer. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army during the 1950s and was stationed in Germany. He was a longtime employee of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. An avid fisher, he was known to spend all day fishing, especially when the crappie were biting. Dominoes, woodworking and cooking were a few of his favorite hobbies. He was a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school for more than 30 years and served as a deacon for many years. He loved his family and friends and cherished time spent with them.
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A celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Dina Jo Spencer of Tupelo; one daughter, Sandra Spengler (Steve) of Brandon; one son, Terry Spencer (Tina) of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Sarah Compton (Will) of Arlington, Va.; three grandsons, Sam Spengler of Brandon and Grant and Peyton Spencer of Tupelo; one great-grandson, John Owen Compton of Arlington, Va.; and one sister, Kay Stacy (Edward) of Marietta.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be Len Pegues, Willis Swain, Harold Ivy, Steve Bramlett, Jack Leslie, Travis Avent, Louidean Ball, Earnest Gunter, Joe Petty, Billy Langford, Melvin Harris, Joe Grissom and his grandsons, Grant Spencer, Peyton Spencer and Sam Spengler.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to West Jackson Street Baptist Church, 1349 West Jackson Street, Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors
535 West Jefferson Street Tupelo, MS 38804
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on June 3, 2014