Terry Earl Spivey died Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at Atrium Health Navicent in Macon, after an extended illness.
Survivors include his wife, Beth Gill Spivey; his children: Kelli Louise Taylor (husband Cory), Lauren Elizabeth Lester (husband Rick), Sarah Marie Mills (husband Josh), and Benjamin Terry Spivey (wife Kessy); his parents Earl and Louise Spivey; his brother Rodney Alan Spivey; his grandchildren, of whom he was especially proud: Gage, Grant, Reagan, Tenley, Amelia, Griffin, Elliot, Audrey, and the baby girl he knew was on the way and several nieces and nephews, as well as Scooter Byars, whom he considered an honorary son.
He was born in Waycross, where he lived most of his life. He graduated from Valdosta State College (now University) with a degree in accounting. He then moved to Athens, where he worked for the accounting firm of Rice and Giles. In Athens, he and his wife attended Prince Avenue Baptist Church, where they forged life-long friendships. At the time of his passing, he worked for Harris and Company Accounting in Blackshear and was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church in Waycross.
While he was an accountant by profession, he was so much more. He was an event planner, talent manager, dream giver, mentor and faithful friend. For over 18 years, he was a small group leader who invested in those he led. He passionately pursued community with believers while reaching those who felt isolated by traditional religion. He connected with all, regardless of a person’s faith or lack of it.
He was the rare individual who could not only see your potential but who also worked with you to achieve that potential. He was both “inspiration and perspiration” when making a dream an actuality. He did not shy from a challenge.
His last challenge was COVID-19 and even during this final fight, he inspired us with his love and courage.
“We will miss Terry Spivey, but we can pick up the burden that he had to lay down when he was taken from us: See the world as it could be, and then make it happen,” said his family.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2784 Autumn Ridge Lane, Waycross.
Those who would like to say their final goodbyes to him may do so at Music Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20, during their normal business hours.
In an effort to provide the safest environment possible, the family will hold a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Family Life Center, 3668 Atwater Street, Waycross. The event will be sensitive to COVID precautions with several options for attending, including socially distanced indoor seating, an outdoor tent with a live feed of the service, which may also be streamed on personal devices, and a drive-in option in which attendees may stay in their cars while listening to an FM broadcast of the service.
A private burial will be held at Oakland Cemetery.
The family would also like to encourage anyone who would like to leave them a message or testify to the impact he had in their lives to make a voice recording and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To honor his memory and his life’s mission, the family is setting up the Dream Giver Foundation. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you contribute to his legacy. The purpose of this foundation will be to enable others to live up to their potential by funding programs and events targeted to the needs of individuals and our community. The Dream Giver Foundation account will be at PrimeSouth Bank and will be active starting Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Music Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.