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Herbert L. Spear


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Herbert L. Spear

Memphis, TN

LT COL Herbert L. Spear, USAF (Ret), 91, passed away April 22, 2017. LT COL Spear retired after 27 years of service in the US Air Force; serving in WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War. After retirement, he returned with his family to Memphis and enrolled at Memphis State University and earned his Master's Degree in teaching. He taught high school math for 20 years, mostly at SBEC. LT COL Spear was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Spear, Jr. and sister, Vivian Strawn. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Shirley Marie Spear; sons, Richard L. Spear and David G. Spear (Jacqueline); grandchildren, James R. Spear, Britney N. Spear, and Nicholas R. Spear; and great grandchildren, Tatum and Kellen Spear. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until his service begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2404 Kirby Rd. Interment with military honors will immediately follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 25, 2017
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