Lt. Col. (Retired) William Winston
September 20, 1925-
December 29, 2012
COLUMBUS, GEORGIA- Lt. Col. (Retired) William Winston "Bill" Spurlock passed away on December 29, 2012 at Spring Harbor of Green Island at the age of 87.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 on Sunday, January 6, at Striffler-Hamby Funeral Home on Macon Road.
LTC Spurlock was born on September 20, 1926 in Cheyenne Hills, Colorado, to the late LTC (Retired) William Washington Spurlock and the late Louise Brown Spurlock. He has been a resident of Columbus since 1979.
He retired from the U.S. Army on April 30, 1977 in Fort Ord, California, having served 27 years. He served in WWII, the Korean War and two tours of duty in Vietnam where he was in combat the entire time of service. He served as a helicopter pilot as well as a fixed winged aircraft pilot. He spent two years in the U.S. Marines prior to joining the U.S. Army. During his army career he was awarded many decorations, medals, badges, commendations and campaign ribbons and because of his love of flying, perhaps the Distinguished Flying Cross was his most cherished.
LTC Spurlock and his wife, Melba, traveled extensively to Europe, Spain, South Africa, China, and South East Asia. Their trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam was quite different from the time LTC Spurlock spent there during the war. The return visit for him was a healing process from the mental agonies of war.
LTC Spurlock earned his BA and MA degrees from the University of Texas. He worked as a Real Estate agent with French & Whitten Realtors until he retired in 1987.
He was predeceased in death by a sister, Norma Louise Spurlock Jenkins, of Oklahoma City, OK.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Melba Dean Collins Spurlock; his half-sister, Connie Marshner (William), of Front Royal, VA; his daughter, Rebecca Spurlock Snyder (Fritz) of Alvin, TX; her son, John Sollie, (Holly) and their children (Bill's great grand-children), Jake and Taylor O'Neal, of Gulf Shores, AL; his daughter, Cynthia Spurlock Shannon (Kevin) of Perth, Australia; his sons, Kevin Michael (Sarah) Shannon, of Houston, TX, and Collin (Nicole) Shannon, of Sydney, Australia; his step-son, Michael D. Collins (Jenny) of Columbus, GA; step-son, Clay McCullhos, of Dothan, AL; step-son, Stuart McCullohs (Staci) of Atlanta, GA; his step-daughter, Donna Collins Hallman (William) of Athens, GA, step-grand-daughter, Christie Paulk (Myron) of Athens, GA; his step-son, David Eugene Dill, of Crawfordville, FL; and his niece, Leslie Jenkins Jackson (Sherri), and nephew, Steve Jenkins, of Oklahoma City, OK.
The family extends their thanks and appreciation to Columbus Hospice and to the Skilled Nursing Department of Spring Harbor for the loving, professional care they have provided during the latter years of his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Columbus Hospice.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2013
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