Ruth Thornton &
L. Dow Spence
Read his obituary below on this page.
Van Alstyne Leader
22 April 1999
L.D. Spence, 84, of Van Alstyne, Texas died on April 15, 1999 at
his residence. The service was held on April 17, 1999 at the Flesher
Funeral Home Chapel in Van Alstyne, Texas. Bro. Steve Dobbins and
Bro. Richard Russell officiated. Burial was at the Van Alstyne Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the First Christian Church of Van Alsytne; the
Mantua Masonic Lodge of Van Alstyne, or your favorite charity.
Mr. Spence is survived by his wife, Ruth Spence of Van Alstyne; one
brother, Harold Spence of Van Alstyne; and one sister, Betty Grafflin of
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mr. Spence married Ruth Thornton in 1938. His father was John
C. Spence and his mother was Minnie Wiggs. He joined the Baptist
church at an early age, then joined the First christian Church in 1950.
He served as a decon and a member of the board for many years. He
was an outstanding North Texas farmer and worked with Renner on research
and experimental plots. He received the Farmer of the Year award
in 1967. He always took pride in his farming and worked to conserve
the land for future use. He retired from farming in 1978 due to his
health. He was a member of the Van Alstyne Mantua Lodge #209 since 1948
and served as Worshipful Master.