James Charles Spence

Nov. 24, 1927 –

Jan. 18, 2014

James Charles Spence, 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at his home in Waxahachie. J.C. was born Nov. 24, 1927 in Antlers, Okla. to Jim and Juanita Spence. J.C. eloped with his high school sweetheart, Faye on Aug. 30, 1947, and they were married in Paris, Texas. He served as a teletype operator in the Army Air Corps where he earned the WWII victory medal and the army occupation medal in Korea. J.C. retired as a service technician from both Itek Corp. and the City of Arlington. He has been a member of First Assembly of God Church since 1947 and founded outpost 12 of the Royal Rangers. He spent more than 52 years mentoring boys in the Royal Ranger Program. J. C. raised his own children as well as numerous “foster” children. His home was always open to anyone in need of food or comfort. He had a big smile, was full of vim and vigor, laughed easily and was quick with a joke.

J. C. is preceded in death by two sons, Roy and Andy Spence; two brothers, Richard and Jerrel Spence.

He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 66 years, Faye Spence; daughters, Adele Smith, Melba Allen and husband Michael, and a son Randy Spence. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andrew Spence, T.J. Spence, Taylor Smith, Sarah Andrle, Emily Spence, Daniel Skelton; a brother, Joe Spence; and sisters, Ann Parker and Carolyn Boatner; as well as a host of others who have lived in their home.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at Waxahachie Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at House of Hope, formerly First Assembly of God in Waxahachie. Arrangements are under the direction of Waxahachie Funeral Home.

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