"So tonight a legacy, a good man passes from amongst us. He always tried to help those in need. He was a hard man on the outside but always the gentle giving soul within. He tried to give his children everything he could think of that they would need in life. Shrewdness, love, cunning, love, self-defense, love, justice, love, business aptitude, love, soberness, love. Mostly he showed us, his children, that a man can walk through life and love his brothers in Christ. He struggled with this because he was a self-made man. Pride was something that he held on to but eventually in old age he discovered its obsolescence. He was a Rainbow Bread Man, choosing to leave a position of management so he could raise his family in a small town that he loved. He was a husband and father that toiled every day to ensure that his beloved wife and children had what they needed and more. He was a businessman that cared for the community around him by giving and never expecting a repayment. Because he had very little family of his own, he adopted his lovely wife's family. And he loved them.
Now he is with Beverly his loving bride, Myrtle his loving mother, Joe D his father that I never knew, his brother Joe Earl, his brother-in-law and log time partner, Kenneth Patterson, and the many others that have gone on to Beulah Land.
God bless Jimmy Spence for all that was good about him and his undying faith in Jesus Christ his Savior. I especially thank him for this lesson of this short live."
WE WILL SORELY MISS HIM,
Funeral services for James Dewy Spence, 67, of Conroe, Texas will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in Northside Baptist Church with Dr. jay Gross and Rev. Charles Teel officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery with Cashner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 12, 2002 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Spence was born July 8, 1934 in DeQueens, AR and passed away March 10, 2002 in Cleveland, TX. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
His wife, Beverly, in 1996 and his brother Joe Earl Spence preceded him in death. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Hal W. and Sandra Spence of Conroe, James D. Jr. and Suzanne Spence of Jensen Beach, FL, and Don and Coaina Spence of Panorama Village, TX; grandchildren, Jason, Caleb, Dustin, Matthew, Kimberly, Cody and Katy; and numerous other relatives and friends also survive.
Pallbearers are Robin Patterson, James Backhus, Randal Stephens, Caleb Spence, Matthew Cowan and Cody Spence. Honorary pallbearers are Chris King and Dustin Cowan.