William Wesley "Sonny" Spencer
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NEWPORT NEWS - William "Sonny" Wesley Spencer, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001. A native of Lynchburg, he had been a Peninsula resident for 59 years. A graduate of Newport News High School, Mr. Spencer attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and was a member of Delta Pi Zeta fraternity. He was a Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School graduate and had retired from the 051 Sourcing department of the Newport News Shipbuilding, where he was a Master Shipbuilder with 45 years of service. A Navy veteran, he had been a Navy Reservist and a member of the Propeller Club. He attended the Methodist Church. Mr. Spencer was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Nina Spencer. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Pat Spencer; two daughters, Whitney S. McGee and her husband, Robert, of Richmond and Leslie S. Fulton and her husband, Steve, of Newport News; two sisters, Sally Johnston and her husband, Sid, of Smithfield and Ann Bateman of Hampton; his brother, Sammy Spencer and his wife, Sarah, of Suffolk; five grandchildren, Amber, Caleb, Alexa, Alyssa and Ian; several nieces and nephews and many friends. A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. today in Peninsula Memorial Park with the Rev. Michael Mayton, of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606.

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Published in Daily Press from Aug. 30 to Sep. 1, 2001.
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September 24, 2001
Pat, it has been many years since Maggie and I saw you and Sonny. I found out about the loss of Sonny from my brother in Gloucester and I was saddened. Sonny and I had a lot of good years together from The Apprentice School to our years at Va. Tech and Delta Pi Zeta. We are thinking of you and your family. Marty and Maggie Evans.
Marty Evans
September 8, 2001
My Dear Pat:
My love and prayers are with you and your family.
The family's "SPECIAL SISTER" in Lynchburg.
Fay Turner
September 3, 2001
My deepest sympathy.
Love,
Marsha A. Turner
Marsha Turner
September 3, 2001
Our families prayers and thoughts are with you. We can only hope that the knowledge of everlasting love can help heal the heart. Our love is with you all and always will be.
Love, Sandi, Dan, And kids
Alvarez Family
September 2, 2001
Sally,Sid and family of Sonny..We are very sorry for the lose of your loved one.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.Sorry we did not get a chance to meet your brother sally, he must have been a wonderful man.The world's loss is always heaven's gain..Love to all;Fay and John.
Fay and John Collier
September 2, 2001
Pat and family,
We are sorry about Sonny. Know it has been a difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pete and Joan Johnston
September 1, 2001
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Mimi Butler
September 1, 2001
We are so sorry to hear about your loss and want you to know we are thinking about you and your family.
This is from Pat and Richard Cunningham, Tammie and Mark Bleakley, Kim and Buddy Ford and family.
Tammie & Mark Bleakley
September 1, 2001
Sorry to hear of your family's losses over the past few months. May God in His richest mercies provide you with comfort and strength both now and in days to come. May you also rest assured in the knowledge that someday you will have the opportunity to be reunited with your loved ones once again.
Earl and Frances Johnston
September 1, 2001
Our love, sympathy and prayers to Pat, Leslie, Whitney, Sally and Sammy (and their families). Sonny was a very special man and will be greatly missed by not only his family, but also his many, many friends. Memories of him are precious!!!!
Love, Carolyn & Jay
Carolyn & J. D. Knight
September 1, 2001
SALLY & SID WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. WE LOVE YOU..
RUFUS & MOLLY JOHNSTON
September 1, 2001
sorry for your loss letha,betty and tracy
letha butcher
August 31, 2001
To Pat, Sally and Sid,
Really this is to all the family, we have not met Sonny only heard of him from Sally. When you are a truly good person you are spoken of with Love and this is the way Sally speaks of her brother. We are so sorry for your loss and understand the pain you feel. We are here if you need us and we pray for you all each day. May God be with you all. George and Barbara
George & Barbara Johnston
August 31, 2001
We are deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Our prayers will be with you and your family. Fellow Alumni will miss your husband. May God bless and comfort you in the months ahead. Deepest Sympathy,
Thomas M Gentry
Corresponding Secretary
Apprentice Alumni Association
Tom Gentry
August 31, 2001
I worked closely with Sonny for 21 years @ Newport News Shipbuilding. He was one of the most knowledgeable and "down-to-earth" folks that I've ever had the pleasure to know and I'll miss him.
Mercer Christian
August 31, 2001
Sonny and I went to school together at NNHS .Later he played Bongo drums with our singing group "The Newports". He was a good friend and will be missed.
Frank Moore
August 30, 2001
I have known sonny all my life (30 years). I know he will be missed so deeply by family and friends. I love this family as if they are my own and I feel so very sad I am not there in body but my heart is and always will be with the Spencers.
Love Always,
Sandi
Sandi Alvarez
August 30, 2001
My prayers and deepest sympathy are with you all. There can be comfort in knowing that Sonny has gone to a better place and will no longer have to suffer.

Love,
Judi
Judi Humphries
August 30, 2001
Sonny and I went through all schools together. We graduated together. Harry Simpson broke the news to me yesterday. My thoughts are with the family. He will certainly be missed. He had a wonderful and full life reading all his accomplishments.

Thoughtfully,

Betty Jean
Betty Jean Smith (Beeler)
August 30, 2001
We have lost a good friend and neighbor. Our memories are many and we have been so blessed to have known you all for so many years. God bless and keep you.
Carol Clements
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