The Obit For F.S. Spain

Fredric Stanley "F.S." Spain

Published in GoSanAngelo from December 28 to December 29, 2010

SAN ANGELO Fredric Stanley (F.S.) Spain, 92, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2010, in Park Plaza Nursing Center. F.S. was born April 28, 1918, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Fisher Simpson Spain and Rosea Lee Spain.

While in high school, F.S. enjoyed playing basketball and baseball and was to be scouted by the major leagues. After graduating from Kilgore High School in 1936, he and his high school sweetheart, Janie Armour, were married June 21, 1936, in Kilgore, Texas. Their only child, Carolyn Rose, was born April 12, 1938.

During World War II, F.S. joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the Philippines. After his discharge, he and his brother owned and operated Spain Supply Company in Kilgore for 30 years.

During this time he was a member of the Masonic Lodge, VFW and St. Luke's Methodist Church and played semi-professional baseball, pitching for the Kilgore Drillers. He also enjoyed managing and coaching high school American Legion softball teams, spending time traveling with friends, RV'ing, fishing, boating and golf.

He and Janie made many trips visiting their daughter and her family in San Angelo. After an early retirement, F.S. and Janie moved to Kerrville for several years and eventually to San Angelo.

F.S. was preceded in death by his wife, Janie; his parents; three sisters; one sister-in-law; two brothers; and four brothers-in-law.

Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn and son-in-law Ray Martin; granddaughters Rebecca Hodges and Jill Fontenot and husband Randy; great-grandchildren Caitlin and Carly Hodges and Nathan and Collin Fontenot; great-great-granddaughter Avery Nicole Boatright; one sister-in-law; four nieces; and two nephews.

The family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Hewell, Dr. Burger, Raymond and staff at Park Plaza and Hospice of San Angelo.

At Dad's request, no service is planned.

Game called-what more is there for us to say?
How dull and drab the field looks to the eye
For one who ruled it in a golden day,
Has waved his cap to bid us all good-bye.
The big guy's gone - by land or sea or foam
May the great umpire call him "safe at home."
Grantland Rice