Charles Eugene Spencer

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Charles Eugene Spencer, 81, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., departed this life on Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born the youngest son of Charlie and Susan (West) Spencer on June 19, 1930, in Vernon County, Mo.

Charlie was united in marriage to Wanda Lorene Hamby on April 28, 1951, in Paris, Mo. To this union three children were born: Michael Eugene, Debra Coleen and Kimberly Dean.

Charles served two years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. Upon returning from the service, Charles worked various construction jobs before beginning employment with the Missouri State Highway and Transportation Department, retiring after 34 years of service.

Preceding him in death were his beloved wife, Wanda; his son, Michael; his mother and father; one sister, Viola; and five brothers, Lee, Joe, Jim, Bill and Dewey.

Survivors include two daughters, Debra Mann of Nevada, and Kim Goodman and husband, Quentin, of Schell City, Mo.; two grandchildren, Amber and companion, Michael, of Lamar, Mo., and Travis Mann, who is stationed in Shindand, Afghanistan; four great-grandchildren, Rylan, Trace, Corbin and Kaydee; one brother, Albert; three sisters-in-law, Hattie Sloan, Laura Spencer and Mary Lou Davis and husband, Bob; one brother-in-law, Dwight Hamby and wife, Sis, all of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; and a special friend and companion, Nancy Smith of Stockton, Mo.

Charlie will be greatly missed by a host of family and friends.

Funeral services for Charles Spencer will be held on Wednesday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m., at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. The Rev. Brent Bland will officiate and Sharon Goodman will provide music. Interment will follow in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery with military honors and arrangements are under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Dale Daniels, Don Ruscha, Kenny Burchett, Robert Spencer, James Raymond Kenney and Scott Todd. Honorary pallbearers are Gene Dale, Elmer Hopkins, Gary Kenney, Denton Daniels, Darrell Whitesell and Pecan John Byram.

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