Quietly, during the morning of Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, God in his infinite wisdom gently removed from our midst Mr. Samuel L. Spencer, surrounded by his family and the medical staff at Brighter Living Assisted Living in Hopewell, Va.
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The son of the late Samuel R. Spencer and Ann Maria Spencer was born on Dec. 18, 1932, in Sussex County. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Clarence E. Spencer, and a niece, Linda Spencer.
At an early age, he joined the New Hope Baptist Church where he sang in the youth choir. Even though he lived in Baltimore most of his adult life, he maintained his membership with New Hope Baptist Church while attending various churches in Baltimore.
He attended the Public Schools in Sussex County. After graduating from high school, he matriculated at Virginia State College (now University) where he received a bachelor's degree in agriculture education. While attending Virginia State, he was a member of the Pershing Rifle Team and track team. He did additional study at John Hopkins University in Maryland. Immediately after graduating from college, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served for two years. He began his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and spent the rest of his time in Anchorage, Alaska. He was assigned to the Transportation Unit, where he operated Humvees on water as well as on land.
His first job after returning from the Army was working as an insurance agent with Virginia Mutual Insurance Co. in Virginia Beach. Later he landed a job in his field with the United States Department of Agriculture. He started out in Georgetown, Del., and was later transferred to the United States Department of Agriculture Headquarters in Beltsville, Md., as a research therapist where his span with the USDA was 40 years. Samuel co-authored several research papers that were published.
Having transferred to Beltsville, Md., he made his home in Baltimore. Samuel organized the Orbit Investment Club over 30 years ago which is still in existence today. He always encouraged young people to get a good education and to invest in stock.
Samuel was a Boy Scout master for many years at Douglas Memorial Community Church. He was a member of the Baltimore-Metro Chapter of Virginia State University Alumni and the Woodmere Neighborhood Association.
After retiring from the USDA, he returned to Virginia and lived with his sister until moving to Brighter Living Assisted Living. His hobbies were experimenting, wood carving, collecting antiques, walking through the woods admiring trees collecting unusual roots, and bowling.
He is survived by one sister, Inell Spencer Moody of Petersburg, Va.; two brothers, Robert N. Spencer of Petersburg, Va., and William T. Spencer (Frances) of Windsor, Conn.; four nieces, Deidre Hammond, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kimberly Spencer and Line Donnelly, both of Camarillo, Calif., and Stacey Willoughby of Bronx, N.Y.; two nephews, Terrence Spencer of Virginia Beach and William T. Spencer II of West Hartford, Conn.; four great-nieces, Cacique Spencer of West Hartford, Conn., Atiya Willoughby of Bronx, N.Y., Delphine Donnelly and Ramsey Donnelly, both of Camarillo, Calif.; four great-nephews, Joseph Spencer and Michael Rey Spencer, both of Virginia Beach, Va., Jehynic Spencer of West Hartford, Conn., and Sekou Willoughby of Bronx, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Dyanne Spencer of Virginia Beach, Va.; one aunt, Jean Sturdifen of Patterson, N.J.; a goddaughter, Sherri Adair of Baltimore; several Baltimore friends, Burnetta Brown, Carl Adair, Glen Buchannan and Melvin Christopher; and a host of cousins and other relatives.
A funeral service for Mr. Samuel Lloyd Spencer will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at New Hope Baptist Church, 18183 Old Forty Road, Sussex, Va.; the Rev. H. Patrick Cason, pastor, the Rev. C. Elizabeth Minor, eulogist (cousin), and the Rev. Florence Chambliss, associate minister, officiating. The interment will be held at the Spencer Family Cemetery, Sussex, Va.
The family may be contacted at his sister's residence, Inell S. Moody, by calling 804-732-1312 or 757-403-0526.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Spencer at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2012