Lee Spears Jr. "Jack"
Published in Charlotte Observer
on March 6, 2010
Mr. Spears, 79, died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at Frye Regional Medical
Center in Hickory. He was born April 12, 1930, in Cheraw, SC to the late
Jasper L. Spears, Sr. and Juanita Laviner Spears.
His mom, dad and brother, Bobby, called him Jasper. He grew up in Cheraw
where they nurtured his passion for family and he found his passion for
baseball. His teammates called him JL. He enjoyed a successful baseball
career with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization for eleven years.
His friends and colleagues called him Jack.
He worked in the textile industry for 40 years and concluded his career
with Quaker Fabrics. His grandchildren called him Grandy. To be in the
presence of his grandchildren was his greatest joy. Because of his devotion
and unconditional love he will always be known to his children as 'Daddy'.
He is survived by his daughter, Kelley Spears Jarrett and husband Dale,
of Hickory; sons, William Kent Spears and wife Amelia, of Statesville,
Kevin Lee Spears and wife Dawn, of Claremont, and Kacey Neil Spears and
wife Amy, of Charlotte; grandchildren, Natalee Jarrett, Karsyn Jarrett,
Zachary Jarrett, Will Spears, Lily Spears, Jackson Spears and Brighton
Spears; and brother, Bobby Spears of Cheraw, SC.
There will be a reception at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2010 in the fellowship
hall at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC. Services will be
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sipe's Orchard Home, 4431
County Home Road, Conover, NC 28613, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 547
6th St., NW, Hickory, NC 28601 and Palliative Care Center and Hospice
of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.
Condolences may be sent to the Spears family at www.drumfuneralhome.com.
The Spears Family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds
Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton, NC.