Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Rev. John Spurlock

Funeral Services
Held March 20 For
Rev. John Spurlock

Funeral services for Rev. John
Fed Spurlock, age 98 years, 5
months, resident of Jonesboro,
were held March 20th, at Antioch
  Rev. Spurlock, a native of Geor-
gia, was reared and educated in
Bienville parish. He was ordain-
ed as a minister of the Gospel in
1885 and was very active in this
work until forced to retire be-
cause of failing health. Rev. Spur-
lock was of the Cumberland
Presbyterian faith.
  Surviving are six sons, Bill
Spurlock of Paxton, Texas; John
Spurlock of Paxton, Texas; A. H.
and H. R. Spurlock of Jonesboro;
G. H. Spurlock Houston, Tex.,
and C. D. Spurlock of Hodge; eight
daughters, Mrs. E. H. Crawley, of
Arcadia; Mrs. G. V. Conville, of
Arcadia; Mrs. J. L. Thrasher, of
Lufkin, Texas; Mrs. Velma Vance
of Campti, La.; Mrs. Terrell Don-
aldson, and Mrs. Easter Lamb, of
Orange, Texas; Mrs. Reita Thomp-
son, of Crossett, Ark., and Mrs.
Jewel Carson, of Jonesboro. In
addition to his children, Rev.
Spurlock is survived by fifty-
four grand children, forty-five
great grand children, and five
great, great grandchildren.
  Funeral services were conducted
by Rev. Joe Pace, Rev. J. W.
Buckner, Rev. G. L. Scott, and
Rev. Wise. Interment was in the
Antioch cemetery under direction
of Southern Funeral Home.
  Pall bearers were: Sol Thomp-
son, Terrell Donaldson, Linden
Thrasher, Otto Lamb, Dayton
Carson and Travis Pardue.

I don't know who wrote this obituary for John F. Spurlock, my paternal great-grandfather, who died on 18 March 1945. My research shows that statements in the obituary regarding his age and place of birth are in conflict with many other records.

[Source: "Funeral Services Held March 20 for Rev. John Spurlock", undated, unknown newspaper; privately held by Denise Spurlock, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lomita, CA. Bettye Lou (Conville) Gleason, granddaughter of John Fedrick Spurlock, gave  me this newspaper clipping in Dec 2000; Mrs. Gleason is now deceased.]

© 2011 Denise Spurlock

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