September 22, 2005

(11/10/1920 9/15/2005)

Edward Earl Spencer, 84, of Macon, MO, previously of LaPlata, MO, passed away September 15, 2005.

He was born November 10, 1920 in Sullivan County, near Milan, MO, to Leonard and Molly (Stinson) Spencer.

Earl was united in marriage to Georgia Myrtle Clark on August 31, 1941 by Elder S.L. Pettus in Macon, MO.

He is survived by Georgia, his wife of 64 years, and their six daughters, Bonnie and husband, Alvin Henderson of Hurdland, MO, Beverly and husband, Ronnie Talbert of Downing, MO, Charlotte and husband, David Parrish of Lewistown, MO, Patty and husband, Alan Thrasher of Galt, MO, Pam and husband, Kent Stokes of LaPlata, MO, and Marsha and husband, Scott Anderson of Blue Springs, MO; five sisters, Jessie Neely of Kirksville, MO, Vondell Koger of Grinnell, IA, Carolee McKinley of Orient, OH, Betty Hatcher and Mary Alice Williams of Milan, MO; one brother, Billy Spencer of Atlanta, MO; 17 grandchildren and spouses, 33 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Arlene Holtet of Milan, MO, and two grandsons, Ronnie Gene Talbert and James David Parrish, both as infants.

Mr. Spencer grew up on a farm in the Oak Grove community east of Milan and went to a rural school there. He and Georgia lived on a farm near Milan, MO, then near Grinnell and Searsboro, IA. They settled east of LaPlata, MO in 1951, where they farmed together for 53 years. Earl especially enjoyed his Angus cattle, planting and harvesting his grain crops and raising about a quarter million chickens and turkeys in the 1960s. Earl was a very faithful member and deacon of the Mt. Tabor Primitive Baptist Church near Hurdland, MO for over 50 years.

He was a 4-H leader in Macon County for over 20 years and he and Georgia were instrumental in the original road-marking project of the county roads in Macon County during the late 1970s. They enjoyed traveling and he wore his Sunday best bib-overalls in every state except Alaska.

Funeral services were held September 18, 2005, at the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO, with his pastor, Elder Alan Curtis officiating. Music was congregational singing. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery at Milan, MO. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Kevin and Darin Henderson, Darrell and Chris Talbert, Charles Parrish, Matthew Thrasher, Daniel and Kellen Stokes. Honorary pallbearers were his granddaughters.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Earl Spencer may be made to his church, Mt. Tabor Primitive Baptist Church near Hurdland, MO.

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