James Leroy ‘J.L’ Spivey

MMCM James Leroy “J.L.” Spivey, USN (Retired), 80, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday evening, September 30, 2020, at his residence.

Born in Argyle August 20, 1940, he had lived all over the country while serving in the U.S. Navy but had lived in Pierce County for the last several years. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service as a Master Chief. Following his retirement from the Navy, he went on to graduate from Okefenokee Technical Institute with a degree in heating and air condition repair and then went to work for the college. He had owned and operated the Hungry Hunter Restaurant in Patterson for many years. He loved to cook and made the best homemade bbq sauce!  He was also a great biscuit maker and even won the Biscuit Competition for the Pecan Festival several years in a row. He was a member and past Master of the Blackshear Masonic Lodge #270 F & AM.  Over the years he had been very active in all facets of the Lodge. In his spare time you could find him playing Solitaire on his phone. He was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

He was a son of the late Harley and Otis Davis Spivey. He was also preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Kyler Brown; a sister, Wanda Steedley and by all four of his brothers, Alvin Spivey, Harvey Spivey, Carl “Buddy” Spivey and Ronnie Spivey.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Linda Gill Spivey, Blackshear; three daughters, Sherry Dryden (Dale Stephens) and Stacey (Jesse) Jones, all of Blackshear and Michelle (Barry) Kirby, Cincinnati, OH; three sons, Jimmy (Pat) Spivey, Kenosha, WI, Bo (T.J.) Jewell, Patterson and Scott (Julieann) Jewell, Alma; his sister, Viretha Moore, Willacoochee; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, October 3, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 3, from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Interment will be in the Enon Cemetery with military honors and masonic rites.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA  31501.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing and the use of facemasks are strongly encouraged.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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