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James C. Spencer

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James C. Spencer

Birth
Athens, Henderson County, Texas, USA
Death
25 Dec 2009 (aged 95)
Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
Burial
Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA Add to Map
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James C. Spencer, 95, of Lubbock, died on Christmas day at his home with his wife Catherine by his side. Funeral services will be held in Resthaven's Abbey Chapel at 1 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2009, with the Rev. Gene Wisdom officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven.

James was born on May 11, 1914 in Athens, Texas. He was the fifth of six children born to Charles A. Spencer and Lillian Freeman Spencer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles; and his sisters, Janiece, Eleanor, Dottye and Bethena.

James moved to Lubbock in the early 1930s to attend Texas Tech University. He received a degree in textile engineering in 1936. After graduation, he returned to Athens and served a term as county judge. He served in the 46th Texas Legislature from 1939-'40 and again in the 50th Texas Legislature from 1947-'49. Between his tenures, he served as a U.S. Army medic during World War II, from Feb. 1941 to Aug. 1945, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. During his service, James was held captive for three years in the Philippines after surviving the infamous Bataan Death March. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his heroic and meritorious service. Upon his discharge from the military, he served for a year with the House of Representatives police in Washington, D.C., while attending law school at Georgetown University.

When he returned to Texas, James met and married his first wife, Oneita Hildebrand, and subsequently settled in Texarkana. In 1954, their son, Charles H. Spencer, was born. When the couple later divorced, James returned to Lubbock to work for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in the mid-1980s. In Jan. 1959, James married Catherine Clay Cox. They first met at a spelling bee contest in Athens when they were only nine years old and tied for first place; they later met again and were married 51 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine, his son, Charles and his wife Anita; stepdaughter, Ann and husband Gene; grandchildren, Lynn and Deborah; great-grandchildren, Amy, Jenny, Haley, Adam and Scott; great-great grandchildren, Caleb and Camryn; and many nieces and nephews.

James was a long-standing, faithful member of the Hub of the Plains chapter of the American Ex-POW Organization and a member of the Athens Masonic Lodge. James was a remarkable man of rare courage, who dedicated his life to service and deeply loved his family, friends and country. He will be fondly remembered by those who were fortunate to know such a kind and gentle man.

The family would like to express their appreciation to those who cared for James in his home during his final days, with a special thanks to Moiselle Bruns and Rose Ramirez.

Please join us in celebrating James' life by visiting his memorial at www.mem.com.
James C. Spencer, 95, of Lubbock, died on Christmas day at his home with his wife Catherine by his side. Funeral services will be held in Resthaven's Abbey Chapel at 1 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2009, with the Rev. Gene Wisdom officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven.

James was born on May 11, 1914 in Athens, Texas. He was the fifth of six children born to Charles A. Spencer and Lillian Freeman Spencer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles; and his sisters, Janiece, Eleanor, Dottye and Bethena.

James moved to Lubbock in the early 1930s to attend Texas Tech University. He received a degree in textile engineering in 1936. After graduation, he returned to Athens and served a term as county judge. He served in the 46th Texas Legislature from 1939-'40 and again in the 50th Texas Legislature from 1947-'49. Between his tenures, he served as a U.S. Army medic during World War II, from Feb. 1941 to Aug. 1945, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. During his service, James was held captive for three years in the Philippines after surviving the infamous Bataan Death March. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his heroic and meritorious service. Upon his discharge from the military, he served for a year with the House of Representatives police in Washington, D.C., while attending law school at Georgetown University.

When he returned to Texas, James met and married his first wife, Oneita Hildebrand, and subsequently settled in Texarkana. In 1954, their son, Charles H. Spencer, was born. When the couple later divorced, James returned to Lubbock to work for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in the mid-1980s. In Jan. 1959, James married Catherine Clay Cox. They first met at a spelling bee contest in Athens when they were only nine years old and tied for first place; they later met again and were married 51 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine, his son, Charles and his wife Anita; stepdaughter, Ann and husband Gene; grandchildren, Lynn and Deborah; great-grandchildren, Amy, Jenny, Haley, Adam and Scott; great-great grandchildren, Caleb and Camryn; and many nieces and nephews.

James was a long-standing, faithful member of the Hub of the Plains chapter of the American Ex-POW Organization and a member of the Athens Masonic Lodge. James was a remarkable man of rare courage, who dedicated his life to service and deeply loved his family, friends and country. He will be fondly remembered by those who were fortunate to know such a kind and gentle man.

The family would like to express their appreciation to those who cared for James in his home during his final days, with a special thanks to Moiselle Bruns and Rose Ramirez.

Please join us in celebrating James' life by visiting his memorial at www.mem.com.


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