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Richard Spencer
(Died August 10, 2013)

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Richard Spencer

U.S. Veteran

A former Franklin resident, Mr. Richard Hanold Spencer, age 82 of Bowling Green, died Saturday, August 10th at the Magnolia Village in Bowling Green. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 17th at 11am in the chapel of the Franklin First United Methodist Church. Crafton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Born August 4, 1931 in Washington, D.C., he was the third son of Louis & Minnie Plitt Spencer. He was the 5th child of 6 siblings. He was preceded in death by 1 sister - Ruth Spencer Miller, 1 brother - William John Spencer, 1 son - Will F. H. Spencer and 1 infant daughter - Elizabeth Anne Spencer. He is survived by 2 sons – Jon B. Spencer of California and Roland N. Spencer of Kansas and former wife – Linda S. Spencer of Franklin; 1 sister – Barbara Carter of Virginia; 2 brothers – James and Louis Spencer of Maryland; 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. “Spencer” grew up in Montgomery County Maryland. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. He then attended University of Maryland where he met his wife. He and his family moved to Georgia where he furthered his education in veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia. He and his family returned to Maryland in 1962 and a third son was born. At this time he worked for the National Park Services as a horse mounted policeman in Washington, D.C. and also raised cattle and sold beef. He was a member of the Lions Club and active in 4-H. In 1976, Spencer and his family moved to Franklin where he farmed and operated Spencer’s Nursery. He was also a bus driver for Simpson County Schools for 13 years and retired. Spencer had beloved dogs Jinks and Pooh Bear and a rooster named Tarzan. He loved the farm, livestock as well as the nursery and horticultural business. He implemented good conservation practices on the farm and developed a spring which provided water in the pasture as well as his home. Spencer marveled at nature and God’s creations. He also loved literature, reading, a variety of music, the English language and had a masterful penmanship. Spencer was laden with Alzheimer’s Disease (“Old Timers”) and battled it to his death on August 10, 2013. Visitation will be from 9:00am to 10:45am Saturday at the church.


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