Joe Louis Spears

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Joe Louis Spears was born to Allie and Coy Spears on Oct. 13, 1936, in Gaffney, S.C. He passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 at his residence. The fifth of eight siblings, he was preceded in his journey to his heavenly home by his sister, Edith and brothers, Frederick, Casper, James, John and Terry. At an early age, he attended school in the care of his aunt and uncle, Parnice T. Jackson and George Washington Jackson, in Clover, S.C. Joe was enrolled and graduated from the historic Mather Academy in Camden, S.C. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity from Clark-Atlanta University and International Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga. He expanded his education by obtaining a Master of Religious Education from Hood Theological Seminary at Livingstone College, in Salisbury, and received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Eastern Theological Center, in Lynchburg, Va., for his role in the founding of the institution in 1991. He sought additional study at Princeton Theological Seminary, in Princeton, N.J., and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in Greensboro. After being ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1960, Joe served as pastor of New Liberty Presbyterian Church in Dillon, S.C. and Washington Street Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Ga., part of the Augusta-Macon Presbytery. His ministry in the Salem Presbytery included Calvary Presbyterian Church, in Statesville, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church in Cleveland and Cameron Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. Joe also served as the Director of the Freedom Ministry of Salem Presbytery, during which time he led five North Carolina churches (Calvary, Cameron, Freedom, Mount Tabor and Mount Vernon) in ministry programming to support of the Great Commission. Professional and community contributions include his service to Barber-Scotia College (Concord) as Vice President, College Chaplain and Professor of Religion and Philosophy. He also was Homiletics Professor at Hood Theological Seminary at Livingstone College. Volunteer activities of note include the Salisbury Recreation Committee, Board Chair and member of the Rowan Cooperative Ministry and Democratic Ward Leader. Joe leaves loving memories and a legacy of service to his dearly beloved Vivian Barron Spears; three daughters, Parniece Crawford (William), Adrienne Spears and Celeste Spears-Ellis; and two sons, Dr. Mark A. Spears (Sherrie) and Sheldon McAllister. He is also survived by his children's mother, Shirley Spears; a sister, Betty Ann Spears; six grandchildren, Evan Fleming, Tyler Johnson, Austin Spears, David Ellis, Eric Johnson and Cole Spears; nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Service & Visitation: Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Caldwell St., Salisbury, with visitation at 11 a.m. and memorial service at 12 noon. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the Spears family. Online condolences may be sent to www.nobleandkelsey.com.
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Published in Salisbury Post from Aug. 12 to Aug. 16, 2018