The family of John Gregory Spence will celebrate his life of 71 years at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Resthaven Memorial Park, 5740 19th St in Lubbock.
On September 18, 1949, John was born to Merle Lee Spence, Sr. and Hazel Margaret Grissom Spence in Levelland.
He left this earth to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 1, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.
John was a resident of Levelland. He graduated from Levelland High School and was captain of the football team.
He married Francine Waller on February 20, 1973.
John had an extensive career in the oilfield. It all started straight out of high school. He started here locally in Levelland.
He was never afraid of hard work and moved up the ladder quickly.
John went to work overseas in the early 80’s. He had no problem working his way up there as well. He worked his way up to drilling consultant.
John’s overseas adventures spanned around 30 years and took him to around 30 different countries.
He sure loved his oilfield life and loved sharing stories about his extensive travels and experiences. He sure had a lot of them to share.
John was preceded in death by his loving wife, Francine Spence; father, Merle Lee Spence, Sr.; son, Tony Trammell; and nephew, Jeff Spence.
His survivors include his amazing mother, Hazel Spence of Levelland; brother, Merle Spence and Peggy Spence of Midland; daughters, Tracy Chaparro of Lubbock and Shana Adkins of Norman, Oklahoma; sons, Justin Spence of Lubbock and Chad and Rachelle Spence of Tucson Arizona.
John also had 11 grandchildren: Justice and Mikayla Chaparro, Race Chaparro, Cage Chaparro, River Blue and Keoni Spence, all of Lubbock, Katherine Lynn of Temple, Dylan Ashley of Noble, Oklahoma, Shawn Ashley of Moore, Oklahoma, Savannah Spence of Santa Ana, Costa Rica, Toni Wolff of Tucson, Arizona and Tyler Wolff of New Braunfels; 15 great- grandchildren; a great-nephew, Tyler Spence of Spring, Texas; and several cousins that he loved dearly.
The family would also like to give a very special thank you to the following family members and friends that have become family.
His life long buddy, Jimmy Nunn. You could not ask for a better friend and John thought the world of him.
Jimmy stopped by daily for several years religiously. They told old oilfield stories and argued sports. Neither one of them took their prevagen so they could not remember diddly squat.
Two of his favorite cousins, Wendy ‘Miss America’ Pierce and Crystal Riggins for always coming and brightening his day.
He loved all the sweets and food that they cooked.
His favorite sister-in-law, Peggy Spence, always coming by to check on John and Hazel in the midst of dealing with her own family matters.
Rona Wheeler-Romo for always being available in the blink-of-an-eye when needed.
Jolene Bolden for always checking in and bringing some delicious treats.
Betty, who came by twice a week for years and took good care of him. John sure loved to see and visit with Rona and Betty’s grandchildren.
Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts for being there for John these last several years. We are eternally grateful to all of you and love each of you so much.
In Lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.