Albert C. Spurlock

Albert C. Spurlock

Was born on April 17, 1913 in Huntington, West Virginia, raised in Peoria, Illinois and transitioned peacefully on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the age of 101. Prior to his death, Albert, better known as Al, lived an active, healthy, and fiercely independent life at home.

Al attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to earn a BA in Education. He was the first African American to win a track varsity letter after World War I. While attending college, Al was initiated into the Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

Al served in the United States Army Corp of Engineers from 1942-1946.

While at Crispus Attucks High School, Al taught Industrial Arts and rose to department head. Additionally, due to his love of sports, he coached track, cross-country, and served as the assistant basketball coach on the legendary team that won the consecutive Indiana State Basketball Championship in 1955 and 1956.

Al, who exemplified hard work, loyalty, and a love for life, was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, wife Osma D. Spurlock, and first grandson Albert C. Spurlock III. He is survived by his children Albert C. Spurlock, II and Anita S. Gordon, DDS, grandchildren Christopher (Rachel) Gordon and Stephanie Gordon, great grandchildren Christian Gordon and Ryan Tan, nephew Dreck Wilson, a great nephew and great niece, adopted family, and life long friends.

Services will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2015