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.
He shares his birth year with the birth of our state New Mexico; the first anniversary of the NASCAR 500 races and the release of the first silent movie, “The Keystone Cops.” During his long lifespan of 100 years and 3 months, he has known of Pancho Villa’s raids, the development of nuclear bombs in Los Alamos and some terrible things, too, such as two world wars, The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and the assassination of a president.
He always said he had the best hobby in the world: fishing, fishing and fishing. Fishing was better than eating or sleeping. He loved to travel in his motorhome and enjoyed seeing forests, wild flowers, lakes, mountains and unusual rock formations. As you can see, he loved the outdoors.
His surviving family includes a single son Nolen Lee Spencer and his wife Aderan; two grandchildren, Dawn Lynne Lepisto and her husband Tom, Renetta Lee Burson and her husband Jay; two great-grandchildren, Jon Hudson Burson IV and Lindsey Lee Lepisto; one great-great-granddaughter AyrisLee Geneva Lepisto, who was the apple of his eye. He usually had jelly beans and orange slices waiting for her visit.
We will all miss this gentleman. Our whole family extends its appreciation to all the staff at Mission Arch Care Center for their loving care and passionate attention of W.J. Spencer.
Arrangements are being directed by the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
The viewing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, from 3 to 7 p.m. The graveside service will be held at South Park Cemetery on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. His life celebration will be officiated by Pastor Rick Hale of Grace Community Church. Sean Lee will offer music selections.
Friends may leave condolences online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.