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Aug 20, 1922 - April 26, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Jimmie Leon Spencer, 90, Oklahoma City resident, died April 26, 2013, at the Timberwood Assisted Living Center in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Jimmie was born August 20, 1922, in Seminole County to Billy and Willie Mae (Johnson) Spencer. Jimmie grew up in Seminole County and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS San Francisco in the battle at Guadalcanal, where he was severely wounded when Japanese planes attacked the San Francisco. After he recovered enough, he was transferred to the USS Spica, a transport ship that took supplies to the Bering Sea. After the service, he found work with the Santa Fe Railroad and Van's Bakery and then was called to Tinker Air Force Base. His job there was calibrating plane instruments, and he received several awards for finding defects and cash awards for instrument improvements. He retired from Tinker Air Force Base in 1976. Prior to his military service, he served as youth training group director for Young Native American Indians and also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Midwest City Post #7192, where he served on funeral details and was a past Commander. Jimmie is survived by his wife, Lillyn, of Midwest City, OK; two sons: Bill Spencer and wife Mary, of Owasso, OK; and Robert Smith and wife Judy, of Choctaw, OK; four daughters: Linda Spencer, of Tulsa, OK; Dona Cantebury and husband Ed, of Oklahoma City, OK; Sue Krauss and husband Jeff, of Oklahoma City, OK; and Sherry Maynor, of Midwest City, OK; one brother, John Smith and wife Barbara, of Seminole, OK; one sister-in-law; Bessie Spencer; a special niece, Glennie Snodgrass; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, James, Alford and Benny; and a sister, Daisy Sandfur. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma, with burial following at Little Cemetery. Mark Balthrop and Jeff Krauss will officiate at the service. Casket bearers will be Brandon Smith, Bradley Smith, Joe Warren, Corky Snodgrass, Colter Snodgrass and Stacie Harjo. The family would like to thank the staff of Timberwood Assisted Living and Tosha, Chelsie and Chaplains Mark and Martin of Crossroads Hospice. Memorial donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Crossroads Hospice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at www.swearingenfuneral.com www.swearingenfuneral.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 30, 2013
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