David Ordway Speir

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David "Dave" Ordway Speir died after an extended illness on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Cypress Glen Retirement Community. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at Wilkerson Funeral Chapel, 2100 East Fifth Street, Greenville, at 11 a.m.
Dave was born in Summit, N.J., on May 26, 1922, and grew up in Madison, N.J. and Southern Pines. He was the son of Grace Dean and Walter Snowdon Speir and the brother of Walter Snowdon Speir and Lawrence Dean Speir.
He graduated from Duke University in 1949, after serving in the 1885th Engineer Aviation Battalion, United States Army, during World War II. He was stationed in Guam and Okinawa.
Upon graduation from college, Dave worked with Atlantic Refining Oil Company before moving back to Bethel. In Bethel, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bethel Manufacturing Company. Dave and his wife, Betty, moved to Cypress Glen Retirement Community in December, 2005.
Dave was an active community and church participant. He served on the Board of Trustees of Pitt Memorial Hospital, the Pitt Industrial Relations Board, and the Pitt County Development Commission. He was President of the United Fund in Pitt County, the Bethel Rotary Club and chaired the North Tar River Fellowship. His church activities included District Lay Leader of the United Methodist Church, Chair of the Pensions Board of The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts of America in Bethel. Additionally, Dave served on the Board of Directors of the Greenville Golf and Country Club.
Dave embraced life and was an avid sportsman. Dave loved people, and he was the master of the one-liner. There wasn't a golf course around that he didn't like! He also enjoyed tennis and Atlantic Beach.
Dave is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Smith Speir; and two daughters, Carolyn S. Brown and Christie S. Cameron Roeder, and their husbands Townsend Brown Jr. and Richard Roeder. Additionally, he is survived by his grandchildren: Townsend, David, Tip, John, Lindsay, Gabrielle, Kyle and Lindsay.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to the Cypress Glen Benevolent Fund, 100 Hickory Street, Greenville, NC 27858 or Bethel United Methodist Church or the .
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Jan. 20, 2012
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