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Joe William Spencer Sr.

• Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Visitation for Mr. Spencer will be held Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Lebanon United Methodist Church at 415 W. Main St. in the Bryant Chapel parlor. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Lebanon United Methodist Church in the Bryant Chapel. 

Mr. Spencer, age 84, of Lebanon, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014. 

Joe was born in Batesville, Ark. on Feb. 15, 1930.  He was the son of George B. Spencer Sr. and Thelma Lowe Spencer.  Joe attended secondary school in Paris and Fordyce Ark., Minden La. and graduated from Star City High School, where he was president of the student body and captain of the football team. Joe graduated from the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of the Blue Key society.

After raising chickens for a number of years, he worked for 40 years as a professional safety engineer in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Australia. Joe joined the United States Air Force and served 3 ½ years as a pilot and member of the Pilot Class of 1955. Joe was an active member of the Methodist Church, serving as chairman of the local administrative boards in four states, as well as teaching Sunday school class.

Spencer served as the chairman of the Southern Pulp and Paper Safety Association and was a regional vice president of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Gwen; and his brother, George.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judy Townsend Spencer and their children, Joe and Pegi Spencer, of Richardson Texas; Lance and Julie Spencer, of Peachtree City Ga.; Mark and Angie Spencer, of Kingsport; and Adrian and Elizabeth Goad, of Smyrna. He will also be missed by his eight grandchildren.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church or to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-9393, obits 615-758-8818.

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