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Bobby Joe Spence, Jr.

Memphis, TN

Bobby Joe Spence Jr. left this world on January 16, 2017 after succumbing to cancer less than a month from his initial diagnosis. While in hospice care, he died peacefully in his sleep.

Bobby is preceded by his father - Bob Spence Sr., mother - Louise Spence , and elder sister – Tammy Gallina.

Bobby is survived by his sister Cathy Braswell, his brothers-in-law – Paul Gallina Jr. and Ross Braswell, his nephews and nieces- Christopher, Elisabeth, Daniel, and Caitlin, and his grand-niece - Mila. He also leaves behind his Great Aunt Helen Hutchins and Great Uncle Wendel , many cousins, and countless friends.

Bobby Joe Spence Jr. was born on September 2, 1960, to Bob and Louise Spence in Jonesboro, AR. He and his beloved sister Tammy enjoyed a blissful childhood for 2 years in Arkansas before moving to St. Louis, MO. St. Louis is where his constant source of irritation, his little sister Cathy, came into existence. Somehow, through the years of minor battles -and occasional bloody noses- the three siblings formed a ring of love and protection that could not be broken. They fiercely guarded and nurtured one another physically and emotionally. One seemed not to exist without the other. Tammy Spence Gallina passed on October 12, 2006, leaving a bond that was inexplicably stronger. In his passing, Bobby only further reinforced the ties that have bound the three for so many years.

Bobby spent his entire career with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department where he worked as a fingerprint analyst. Through his work, he demonstrated his commitment to public service through law enforcement, helping bring many criminals to justice. He also led an active civic life, primarily through his involvement with the former Raleigh Masonic Lodge – Chapter #770, then with the Park Avenue Masonic Lodge – Chapter #362, Masonic Lodges, and with the Bartlett Eastern Star Chapter - #216, having served in 1993 as Worshipful Master of the Raleigh Lodge. His commitment to the values of charity and service are perhaps best demonstrated through his more than 35 years of volunteer work in support of the Rainbow Girls - Bartlett Chapter #116 and their mission of youth leadership development through public service.

Services will be held at 12pm, Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Park Avenue Masonic Lodge – Chapter #362 (539 Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104)

In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations to be made to the and the International Order of the Rainbow Girls.

Bobby will be dearly loved and missed by all those he has left behind.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 25, 2017
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