John Hermon Spurlock a/k/a "Spur", 93, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2005 in Odem, Texas. He was born September 23, 1911 at home in Downsville, Louisiana to Ellis Spurlock and Vada Pearl Elkins Spurlock. He was a long time resident of Corpus Christi, Texas and had moved to Odem, Texas in 2001.He first started working in Sterlington, Louisiana for Mobil Oil Co. and then for Louisiana Power and Light Co. He worked in East Texas for Humble Oil Co. then moved to south Texas on June 19, 1935 and worked in the refineries. 1935-1936 He worked as an oilfield hauler for: J. I. Hailey, Joe D. Hughes Brown & Root, Inc., all three companies helped to build the Navel Air Stations in Corpus Christi, Kingsville and Beeville N.A.S. He also worked for W. S. Pop King and Jess Edwards. John hauled oil rigs to Arizona, Farmington New Mexico and Colorado in mountains 20 degrees below. He then went into business for himself in 1955 as J.H. Spurlock Trucking Company until he retired and sold his business in 1969.John was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Pearlie Mae Spurlock. He was also preceded in death by his brothers: JD, Leroy, AC, Jeames, Henry, Luther, Murrel, JL and three sisters: Willie Powell, Palmer Spillers and Morine Spurlock. His is survived by his second wife, Betty Jean Spurlock of 14 years. They lived in Corpus Christi until the last 4 years that they resided in Odem, Texas. John is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.He will be dearly missed by many.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity
.A Visitation will be held at Seaside Funeral Home on Friday, January 28, 2005 beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.Funeral Services will be celebrated at The Church of Christ in Odem, Texas, 1101 Voss Ave. on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 11:00 a.m., friends are welcome to visit prior to the funeral.Entombment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park at 3:00 p.m. that same day.
Published by Corpus-Christi Caller-Times on Jan. 26, 2005.