GIDDINGS—Funeral services for Kyle Jefferson Spence, 85, of Giddings are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Immanu- el Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Keith Aschenbeck and Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Burial will follow in Giddings City Cemetery.
Visitation Spence was scheduled for 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, and 7 a.m. to 12-noon Thursday, Feb. 16, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Mr. Spence died unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 13, at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1927, in Forest Grove to Henry C. and Carrie (Kyle) Spence. He was baptized in 1940 as a member of the Forest Grove Christian Church.
Mr. Spence attended school in Tanglewood and Rockdale, where he played basketball. He graduated from Rockdale High School in 1945.
He married Marilyn Sanders on Nov. 26, 1953, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings.
Mr. Spence was baptized in the Rite of Confirmation on Nov. 23, 1973, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings.
He worked in line construction with the LCRA and retired as a plant operator.
Following his retirement, he worked for Bluebonnet Electric in Giddings for several years as a dispatcher.
Mr. Spence was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he had served as a checker and volunteered as a member of the Caring Ministry.
He was also a longtime member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse and enjoyed attending the Giddings Rotary Club’s Country Music Monday performances.
He also enjoyed taking care of his farm and cattle and traveling.
Mr. Spence was known for his homemade peanut brittle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Marilyn Spence; his sister and brother-in-law, Ruby Ellen and Albert Brown; and a brother-inlaw, Henry A. Sanders.
Survivors are a sister, Roxie Ann and SiLee Bingham of Austin; and two brothers, Claude and Lanell Spence, Rodney and Lu Spence, all of Forest Grove; also, numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Hollins Spence, Gar y Spence, Lange Spence, Robert Bingham, Bert Brown, Randy Sanders, Timothy Sanders and Jonathan Dunham.
Honorary pallbearers are Mr. Spence’s nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Caring Ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Forest Grove Christian Church or the charity of one’s choice.