Billy Leon Spruell

Billy Leon Spruell, age 70 of Shepherd, Texas passed away Thursday, December 24, 2020. He was born January 17, 1950 in Houston, Texas to parents Leon Spruell and Betty Lewis Spruell. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Eddie and Claudia Lewis; father, Leon Spruell; and son, Billy Spruell, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Carlene Spruell; mother, Betty Spruell; daughter, Janette Mathis and husband Kevin Mathis; brother, Charles Spruell and wife Vangie Spruell; grandchildren, Megan Garcia and husband John Carlo Garcia, Taylor Mathis, Chase Mathis, Jordan Mathis and Maddie Liles, and Greyson Mathis; great-grandchild, Maverick Mathis; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Pace Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, Texas. Services will be 10:00 a.m, Monday, December 28, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church, Cleveland. Interment will follow at Old Big Creek Cemetery, Shepherd, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 816 N. Blair, Cleveland, Texas 77328

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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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