Loy Lee Spears

Loy Lee Spears, 81, of Dayton passed away peacefully, Monday, June 18, 2018. He was born November 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas to parents, Arlie Richard Spears and Edith Corrine Henderson Spears.

Service for Mr. Spears will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Dayton. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton. The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening of June 20, 2018 at Pace-Stancil in Dayton, Texas.

Loy had been a resident of Dayton for 47 years after moving from Levelland, Texas where he worked in the family business of Spears Pump Company. Loy was a Levelland Lobo class of 1954-55. Loy retired from Gulf/Chevron where he worked as a supervisor for over 30 years. He loved his family and his world revolved around his grandkids which he supported in all their activities. Pawpaw as he was fondly called by all kids, was a true Dayton Bronco fan, attending all sports from little league through high school and college. Loy loved to teach hunting, fishing, and farming. He sported a large garden every year and supplied vegetables to his neighbors. He was most definitely a people person and enjoyed drinking coffee with the local business people and bragging about the Broncos. Music was always a part of his childhood and he played the guitar and fiddle. He also liked to show off his country yodel.

Mr. Spears was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Denise Spears. He is survived by his daughters, Trudie Dewey and husband Billy and Danna Ferris and husband Mark; grandchildren, Brittany Dewey, Erin Janik and husband Dustin, Andrew Dewey, and Matthew Ferris; brothers, Arnold Spears and wife Myrtie, Elton Spears and wife Jeanie, Jack Spears and wife Linda; sisters, Frankie Pond, Geneva Spears, and B.J. Sandlehop and husband Garland; cousin, Fred Spears; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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