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Dec. 31, 1946-March 28, 2012

SPINDALE -- Retired Senior Master Sgt. William Clinton "Clint" Spearman, 65, Pleasant Street, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Hospice House of Rutherford County following a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 31, 1946, in Greenville, S.C., to Curtis Spearman and the late Margaret Elizabeth Wall Spearman.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Clark Spearman.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jennifer Tomblin Spearman; daughter, Lisa Renee Millard and husband, Chuck; daughter, Sonya Leah Kelly and husband, Sean; stepson, Josh Perry and wife, Corie; stepson, Aaron Perry and wife, Haley; seven grandchildren who loved "Papa" dearly, Nicole Millard, Meghan Millard, Garrett Kelly, Landon Kelly, Blaine Kelly, Isla Perry and Owen Perry; brother, Richard Spearman and wife, Nan; father, Curtis Spearman; and stepmother, Margaret Spearman.

Clint started his career in the United States Air Force May 22, 1967, which spanned 23 years, and he served in many countries. He was an American hero, serving in the Vietnam War, leaving the military as a senior master sergeant.

Following his military service, he worked as the finance officer for the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission for 20 years.

Clint was a dedicated Christian man. He loved his Lord first. While overseas, he helped organize a new Baptist church in the Azores, and while in Germany, he served as treasurer of the European Baptist Convention.

He was a very active member of Spencer Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member, and was active in a number of church committees.

In addition to his many church activities, he was treasurer for Relay for Life and a Hospice volunteer, ministering to World War II veterans.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Spencer Baptist Church at 3 p.m.

The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Family Life Center.

Burial will take place 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2012, at Southern Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The Rev. Richard Spearman, the Rev. Billy Vaughn and the Rev. Bruce Caldwell will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spencer Baptist Church General Fund, 187 N.. Oak St., Spindale, N.C., 28160, or to your local Relay For Life.

Crowe's Mortuary is assisting the Spearman Family.

Online condolences may be made at www.crowemortuary.com.


Published in Obituaries on March 30, 2012 1:50 PM