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.
Published in Daily Press from Aug. 30 to Sep. 1, 2001.