William “Dub” Jefferson Spencer was born in Marlow, Okla., on Sept. 24, 1912, to George Washington Spencer and his wife Emma Rhodes Spencer. He married a Texas girl, Bernice Roberts, Jan. 25, 1936, in Lawton, Okla. In 1937, the young couple moved to Roswell looking for employment. He led a quiet, solitary life after the death of his wife Bernice in 1992. He worked as a farmer, carpenter, and became a certified auto mechanic who you could always trust, employed at Durham Ford until his retirement in 1976.
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