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April 21, 2014

Johnnie Spears Sr

Johnnie Spears Sr.

ORANGE —      On April 17, 2014, Johnnie Spears Sr. returned to the house of his Heavenly Father. Johnnie was born on February 13, 1927 to the late Roosevelt and Ophelia Webb Spears in Delhi, Louisiana; grew up in Winnsboro, Louisiana and later relocated to Orange, Texas. Johnnie was one of fifteen children. He accepted Christ at a very early age. He served faithfully at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Orange, Texas in various capacities where one of his primary roles was that of serving as a Board Trustee of the church.

     Johnnie and his very dedicated wife Millie, celebrated sixty-five years of marriage December 25, 2013. To this union nine children were born, two of which proceeded him in death, Wayne Douglas Spears and Johnnie Spears Jr. Johnnie was honorably discharged from the United States Army as a World War II Veteran. Johnnie demonstrated the definition of a hard worker and retired from Firestone Bridgestone after thirty-two years of service. He was an avid fisherman and could “fly” fish with the best of them.

     Johnnie leaves to mourn his memory,   his   loving    wife

Millie and seven children, Ophelia (Tommy) of Humble, Texas, Dorothy (Don) Austin, Texas, Ronnie (Janie) Austin, Texas, Larry “Scubby” (Veronica) Orange, Texas, Annie (Darrell) Grand Prairie, Texas, Cassandra “Kay”, Arlington, Texas, and Billy Ray (Christina) Grand Prairie, Texas along with nineteen grandchildren and twenty-three greatgrandchildren. Siblings, James Daniel Spears (Evelyn) Angleton, Texas, Loraine Spears Robinson (Mack) Winnsboro, Louisiana, Mary Spears Breedlove (Leroy) Orange, Texas, Mary Jean Spears Jones (Willie) Orange, Texas and Pearl Spears, Winnsboro, Louisiana and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

     The home-going celebration is Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 1109 Second Street, Orange, Texas; viewing from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

     The family wishes to express our heartfelt thank you to Dr. Calvin Parker and staff, The Meadows Rehabilitation Center and Harbor Hospice House and staff of Beaumont, Texas.

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