The Rev. Harold Herman Spence, 94, of Searcy passed away Monday, July 29, 2013. He was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Cushman, to the late Albert Herman Spence and Lottie Masters Spence.
The Rev. Spence served full time as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church in Arkansas for more than 40 years. In retirement, he served for an additional 10 years in the Searcy area and as pastor emeritus o First United Methodist Church in Searcy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Delanie Ann Spence for 57 years and Marge Stark for eight years; a brother, Jesse James Spence; and a sister, Alberta Carter.
He is survived by five children, Rita Kay Cates of Bentonville, Janice Spence Chism of Avilla, Judith Ann Dubbell of Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Harold Keith Spence of Little Rock and the Rev. Dennis Wayne Spence of Monticello; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Salem United Methodist Church near Benton. A 2:30 p.m. graveside service will follow at Bald Knob Cemetery in Bald Knob. The Rev. Carlton Cross and the Rev. Dennis Spence will be officiating.
Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Ashby Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church of Benton Memorial Fund or to the First United Methodist Church of Monticello Building Fund.
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