SPENCER Rev. William W. "Will" Rev. William W. "Will" Spencer, 76, went home to be with the Lord on October 1, 2011, at Lake Park Comfort Care. He was born February 1, 1935, in Columbus, OH, to the late Bishop Hubert J. and Helen V. (Lee) Spencer. Rev. Spencer was a former member of Rehoboth Temple Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ where his father was the Pastor. He served as Young People's President for several years, taught Sunday School, was assistant adult choir director, and was also an ordained deacon. Rev. Spencer accepted his call to the ministry and was ordained in August of 1976. He served as pastor of the Assembly Faith Church in Canton, OH. After relocating to Toledo he united with the Church of the New Covenant under the current leadership of Rev. Benjamin L. Green, where he preached and taught the word of God, played the saxophone and at times played the organ. He worked for Westinghouse, The Ohio State University Hospital and Sun Oil Company. He was an accomplished saxophonist and played for a group called the "symbols". He was also a member of the Gospel Jazz Band, "Jelise & Company" until his health failed. One of his last appearances with the band in public was for the 2010 Komen Race for the Cure. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Samuel, James and Joseph Spencer. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Goldie; daughter, Vicki (Calvin) Lawshe; 3 grandchildren, Kamaria (Floyd) Boatman, Kara (Craig) Fullen and Lance (Zukeya) Lawshe; 5 great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Holloway of Columbus, OH; 2 sister in laws; 1 brother in law; 9 Godchildren and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends. Wake service will be 6-8p.m. Wednesday at Dale-Riggs Funeral Home Chapel. Family hour 10a.m. Thursday followed by funeral service at 11a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church Rev. Benjamin L. Green officiant. Burial Toledo Memorial Park. www.dalefh.com
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Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 4, 2011