Arthur Dallas Spence, Jr.

Arthur Dallas Spence, Jr, of Willis, VA, passed away at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center on February 10, 2010. Born September 3, 1925 in Vinton, VA to Arthur Dallas Spence, Sr. and Carrie Maye Martin Spence. Drafted into the Marines while still in High School, he served his country during World War II, and was on Iwo Jima when the flag was raised signifying victory.

A carpenter by trade he worked for Martin Brother Construction Co. and later in the carpenter shop at Hercules, Retiring after 33 years in 1989.

He was a devout member of Willis United Methodist Church serving as an usher and deacon for many years.

Preceded in death by his parents Arthur Dallas Spence, Sr. and Carrie Maye Martin Spence; Brother, Arlie Kenneth Spence; Sister, Katie Spence McCaughey. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Myriam Virginia Newman Spence; Sons, Arthur D. Spence, III and wife Marie, James D. Spence (Jimmy) and wife Janie, Michael G. Spence (Mike); Daughter, Katie Spence Vest and husband James; Grandchildren, James Brian (Jimmy) Vest and wife Greta, Michelle England and husband Keith, Melissa Cox and husband Greg, Gretchen Gleim and husband Tommy, Neeley Russell and husband Philip; Seven Great Grandchildren; One Great Great Grandchild; Sister-in-law, Madeline Spence Bayne; Brother-in-law, Mac McCaughey; Four Nieces; One Nephew; and his cat, Calico.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Willis United Methodist Church, Treasurer Neil Bolt, 681 Burks Fork Road SW, Willis, VA 24380.

Family wishes to express their deepest thanks to Gentiva Home Health, Valerie Hylton, Regina Cox, and special care giver Geneva Huff and also to their church family, friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2010 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Josh Kilbourne officiating. Interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 1-2 p.m. prior to the funeral. Military Honors by the Floyd V.F.W. Post 7854 and the American Legion Post 127.

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