John Wesley Spencer Jr.

Johnny Wesley Spencer Jr., 83, of Wortham, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, 2013, of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Wortham, with the Rev. Gary Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Johnny was born in Hopkins County on June 11, 1930. He graduated Sulphur Springs High School and attended the University of Houston. He joined the Army in 1950, married Jacquelyn Poindexter in 1957, and worked 20 years for Texaco in Dallas and Houston. After leaving Texaco, he lived in Atlanta, Ga. for 10 years before moving to Wortham, where he became an integral part of the community and resided for the remainder of his life. He held the position of city secretary under Mayor Mildred Burleson, was a member of the Longbotham Masonic Lodge and the First Methodist Church, and served as Wortham municipal judge for 17 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Annie Spencer, and his sister, Ola Worsham.

He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Spencer; sisters, Rose Enix and Mary Bonham; brother, Charles Spencer; his son Jace Spencer and wife Deborah; his son, Jeff Spencer; grandsons, Jonathan and Kendall Spencer; granddaughters, Roxanne Spencer, Suzanne Spencer and Julianne Spencer; great-grandchildren, Ella Busby and Jayden Hopper; as well as four nephews and two nieces.

Pallbearers at his funeral service will be members of the Masonic Lodge. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Bennett of Atlanta, Tom Hamil of Atlanta, Archie Worsham of Sulphur Springs, John C. Worsham of Sulphur Springs, Clint Spencer of Garland, Ivan Spencer of Winston-Salem, Willie Rowland of Wilmer, and Al Gonzalez of Shelbyville.

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Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.