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05/06/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Billy Spencer

William Leslie Spencer
(d. 04 May 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.   Billy Spencer, Class of 1953, brother of the late     Donnie Spencer, Class of 1956(d. 20 Apr 2009) and of the late   Janet Spencer Verrell, Class of 1961, (d. 25 June 2009), passed away on Friday, May 04, 2012 in Newport News at the age of 76. 

From the Daily Press - 05/06/12:

        William L. Spencer


  NEWPORT NEWS - William Leslie Spencer, 76, a lifelong Peninsula resident passed away Friday, May 4, 2012, surrounded by his family.

He graduated from Newport News High School, with the class of 1953, and was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953-1956. He worked for the C&P Telephone Co., for 32 years. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, a football coach with the Sanford Pee-Wee Football program, Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 6 and a previous member of the Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eunice Spencer; as well as his brother, Donald "Donnie" Spencer; and his sister, Janet Verrell.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Judy Spencer; his children, Greg Spencer, of Virginia Beach, Va., Sharon Stilwell, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Dana Cooper, of Harrisburg, Pa., and Leslie Youngblood, of Galveston, Texas; two grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Peninsula Memorial Park by Michael Simone, the Senior Pastor of Spring Branch Community Church of Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association , PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or the Boys and Girls Club of the VA Peninsula, 11825 Rock Landing Drive, Chesapeake Building, Newport News, VA 23606. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from May 6 to May 7, 2012.

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May 06, 2012

Dad, your continued love, support, guidance and ever-loving friendship will be missed dearly. Your "little buddy"...Greg

~ Greg Spencer, Virginia Beach, Virginia

May 06, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's family. Bill was an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 6 in Denbigh when our son Kyle joined the Troop. We believe that Bill and the other Scoutmasters and Scouting in General helped develop Kyle into the man he is today, We will be forever grateful to Bill and the Troop.

~ Ron and Bev Rogers, Troop 6 BSA

May 06, 2012

Billy, I will always love you for always treating me like your sister. I have lost the last of my childhood now. Rest in peace. I love you, Sweetpea

~ Faye Jackson, Corapeake, North Carolina

May 06, 2012

Greg and Sharon,

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a special man. He always made everyone around him smile. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family.

~ Jennifer Schroer Highsmith, Newport News, Virginia

May 06, 2012 

  Judy and Family we are so sorry to her of Billy's passing. He is now in a better place and sitting at the round table with all the other Roost buddies as we will always remember them. We love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

~ Johnny & Cindy Overman, Newport News, Virginia

May 06, 2012

Sorry for your loss.

~ Jimmie & Sara Reynolds, Jesup, Georgia

May 06, 2012

Bob, Judy and Family- I was truly sorry to read about Billy's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

~  Nancy Lewis

May 06, 2012

Deepest sympathy to all the family. God Bless

~ Constance (Connie) Reynolds Scott
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May 06, 2012

Greg & Sharon, I am really sorry to hear of Billy's passing. He was a great man & good friend. I know how you are feeling right now. We lost Dad in Nov. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

~  Tommy Gibson, Newport News, Virginia

May 07, 2012

Keeping you both in my prayers. I know what you are going through right now. I have been there.

~ Bobby Eversole

May 07, 2012

I never walked into the Spencer house without a big ol', "Hey, Matchoo" from Mr. Spencer. I loved him dearly and will be eternally grateful for his love and guidance. Greg and Sharon, love you both and my heart goes out to you. I am sorry I can't be there with you.

~  Matt Yarborough, Norman, Oklahoma

May 08, 2012

Judy, Sharon, And Greg,
Billy was a man in his own and I have known him for 38Yrs and introduced my sister to him. Billy is in a better place than any of us know, but a great loss on our daily feelings. God Bless You all

~ Bob Seiple & Family

May 09, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.....

~ Jenny Littlefield

May 09, 2012

Rest in peace, my North End friend. Thanks for teaching me how to drive a car.
Charlie Hilling, North Ender

~  Charlie Hilling, Palm Coast, Florida

May 12, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the Spencer Family. I had many conversations with Billy at the Roost, he was entertaining, intelligent, and a gentleman. One of my faves at the round table.
Deb Clark Ward

~  Deb Clark-Ward, Panama City, Florida

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Spencer family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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