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On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, Robert Lee Spears, a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle received his wings. He fought a good fight, maintained his faith, and he has finished his course. He proclaimed that he had reached the peak of the mountain top in his final testimony in church. Now, the Lord, the Righteous Judge, has prepared a crown of righteousness for him.
R. L. was born on September 30, 1939, in El Dorado, Texas, to parents Ruben and Leola Jackson Spears. He graduated from Rosenwald High School of Luling, Texas. He was a devoted Christian who made his profession of faith in Christ at a young age in the Macedonia Baptist Church of Luling and later joined the Little Hill Baptist Church (LHBC) of Ottine, where he stayed active until his passing. He married the love of his life, Irene Hardaway Spears, on October 20, 1962. From this union, he welcomed one of the significant blessings in his life, the birth of his son, Michael Alexander Spears. He later rededicated his life to Christ under the leadership of the late Reverend Sylvester L. Thompson, where he was baptized because he did not recall being baptized as a child.
Like Job, he was a very patient man. He believed in giving God fervent praise by serving in His vineyard as a choir member, deacon chairman, Sunday school teacher, and inspiring speaker. R. L. was a respected and devoted family man who positively impacted everyone he encountered. He was the fun-loving comedian who made family get-togethers and outings memorable. There was nothing he would not do for his wife, son, grandchildren, and other loved ones. His family holds dear the memories they shared with him, including his distinct howl of joy when happy, his passionate sermons (preaching), his pulling of the lever on casino slot machines, his fishing and hunting trips, and the sharing of stories and wisdom. He loved watching Westerns and enjoyed his daily scratch-offs in his spare time. A man of many talents, he also had an incredible memory and never forgot anything, even with being a little hearing impaired. A superb welder, he was employed at the Alamo Group in Seguin and Alexander Tank in Luling for many years of his life. “Oh, my goodness gracious.”
He loved his wife, “Rene,” his son Michael, and his grandchildren, whom he loved to spoil. He valued family above all else and taught those around him how to be respectable men and women of God. Thanks to his adoring wife, he was one of the sharpest dressing men we knew. When he and his wife attended family Gala’s or black-tie events, all eyes were on them, and they would win best-dressed couple every year. R. L. was also a sports enthusiast who enjoyed playing and watching baseball and softball. He was known as “Slick As Mole” in baseball and was known to perform a stand-still reverse flip on the pitcher’s mound. Win or lose, he was a devoted supporter of the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys. He would howl and “cut-a-rug” to the melody while enjoying his granddaughter “Teenie” singing Tennessee Whiskey. But more importantly, he loved the Lord and shared that testimony at every opportunity.
He is survived by his wife of 59 ½ years, Irene Hardaway Spears; son, Michael Alexander Spears (Tarphine); grandchildren, Michael Alexander Spears, II, Alexandria Renae Spears, and Robert Lee Spears II and their mother, Sandra; siblings, Pearline Graddy (Tommy) of Converse; Jerry McKenzie (Mack) of San Marcos; Hazel L. Brown (Roosevelt) of San Antonio; Catherine Jones (Richard) of Seguin, Texas; Ruben Spears, Jr. (Rosetta) of Converse; adopted grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Ali Malik Spears, Kendra Tarphine Clark, and Cleveland Steve Clark, IV; in-laws, Georgia (Eddie) Hamilton; Shelby Hardaway, Oma Hardaway; and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; Ruben and Leola Spears. Siblings; Lonnie Spears of Albany, Georgia; Ella D. Martin of Odessa; Willie George Spears of Luling; and Roy Lee Spears of Odessa.
He will truly be missed by his family and the many lives he touched. His voice and his light will continue to shine through his family forevermore!