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James Grady Spears

James Grady Spears, 95, of Searcy, died March 15, 2012 at Searcy Healthcare. He was born December 28, 1916 in Texarkana, Arkansas to the late W.C. and Nora Hicks Spears. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two wives, Lois Bullard Spears and Violet Stephens Spears; three brothers, Cliff, Willie, and Jack Spears; one sister, Lois Moore; and stepson, Leo Gammon.

Mr. Spears was a craftsman and machinist by trade and began his career at the age of twelve working along side his dad and older brother. Prior to retiring, he spent twelve years teaching his trade at the Robert E. Lee High School at Baytown, Texas. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ most recently at College Church in Searcy.

He is survived by one son, Shannon Spears and wife Wanda of Searcy; daughter in law, Gloria Gammon; five grandchildren and their spouses, Marty and Glenda Spears, Angela and Jimmy Shaw, Stephen and Toni Spears, Dena and Brett Arosell, and Trae Gammon; ten great grandchildren; and dear friend, Ed Haberman.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012 in the Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation to begin at 9:00 a.m.

The interment service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in the State Line Cemetery in Texarkana, Arkansas directed by Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to Searcy Children's Home.

  • Visitation

    March 19, 2012
    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home

    2616 S. Main St.
    Searcy, AR
    (501) 279-9300

  • Funeral Service

    March 19, 2012
    11:00 AM

    Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home

    2616 S. Main St.
    Searcy, AR
    (501) 279-9300

  • Interment

    March 20, 2012
    2:00 PM

    State Line Cemetery (Masonic Section)

    Texarkana, AR


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Jack remembers that James had a big influence on his life. He baptized Jack and his brother, James sixty years ago. And then James and Vi opened their home to Jack when he was working in Freeport. James was always a pleasure to be around.
God bless you at this time of loss.

Posted by Jack and Annette Foster - Rockwall, TX - Friends   March 19, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Another North Heights Classmate and friend has joined my Dad and the others who preceded him in Heaven. James Grady Spears was a unique individual and a friend for life. He will be remembered with affection and gratitude for all his generosity and friendship. Our sincere condolences to you, Shannon and Wanda.

Lynn and Ellen Rice

Posted by David Lynn Rice - Glen Rose, TX - Y. G. Rice's Youngest Son   March 18, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Shannon, It seems that James and Vi were almost part of the Henry family. After first meeting them at your and Wanda's wedding, it was a few years before we really got to know them; but when we did he seemed to enjoy visits with all of us at the Henry's home those many years ago as much as one possibly could when they'd acccompany you and Wanda . I remember his picture taking. For quite a while, it seemed like his camera was his constant companion when out and about. And right until the last relatively short time ago, it was a pleasure to sit and talk with him about his work experiences, his love of trains, and just his amazing love of people, especially Christians. He was a good storyteller. He seemed to always have a positive outlook. If there ever was a "people person", I think James exemplified what the phrase means. I know that you'll sorrow at his passing, but our sorrow is not as of those who have no hope. I Thes. 4:13-18. God bless you, Wanda, the children and grandchildren, who loved him much and whom he loved beyond description.

Posted by Norman Fultz - Lee's Summit, MO - Friend and brother in Christ   March 17, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Uncle James was a treasure. He was always so much fun to be around. He and Aunt Violet would visit our family and we would get him to jump with us. He would face us and grab our arms and jump and jump. He would laugh so hard and make us laugh till we cried. He always had great stories about his students and church family. He loved his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He was so proud of their accomplishments. He and Shannon came to visit me in NC years ago and to see the train museum. He was so passionate about the locomotive and the part it played in the history of our nation. He was a man that loved deeply and found joy in life. He will be missed!

Posted by Tammy Stephens Smith - High Point, NC - niece   March 17, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Uncle James was a special man with the best sense of humor. My Aunt Violet was a sweet and serious woman, he made her laugh and brought joy to her life. He made us all laugh!! We love him! We will see him again!! Praise the Lord!

Posted by Tracia Stephens Hughes Jungkurth - Cape Canaveral, FL - niece   March 16, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. James was a fine Christian example to all of us. We love you.

Steve and Denise Goode

Posted by Stephen and Denise Goode - Newport, AR - Friend   March 16, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM