Watson-North Funeral Home is honored to be of service and ministry to the family of Rev. J. D. Spencer, age 92 of Winchester. Rev. Spencer passed from this life on the afternoon of September 26, 2019. A native of Franklin County, he was an ordained United Methodist minister and pastored 21 churches in the Middle Tennessee area during his years of service. He entered the ministry in 1960 and “retired” in 1992. He continued in his ministry, serving as a Chaplain at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System in Winchester and leading the singing at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center. At the time of his death he was serving as Minister of Visitation at Winchester First United Methodist Church. Prior to his entering the ministry he worked at Genesco for 16 years. He will be remembered for his bountiful gardens and for generously sharing the produce with friends and neighbors. J. D. is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Bobbie Spencer; his mother, Villa Weaver Spencer and father, Newton Spencer; sisters, Jewel Cyree, Louise Cunningham and Josephine Cleek; brothers, J. F. Spencer and Tommy Spencer. He is survived by his son, David N. (Melanie) Spencer of Williamsport, TN; sister, Lois Armstrong of Huntland and Irene Clark of Winchester and several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. The family will receive friends at Watson-North Funeral Home Sunday September 29, 2019 between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the sanctuary of Winchester First United Methodist Church, on Monday at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Steve Angus and Rev. Jerry Mayo officiating. J. D. will be laid to rest at Franklin Memorial Gardens alongside his beloved wife. Serving as pallbearers will be Ricky Cleek, Dale Cleek, Kenneth Joe Cleek, Donnie Cunningham, Tim Armstrong, Allen Armstrong, Jimmy Wiseman and Kent Turner. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions to Winchester First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.watsonnorth.com.
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