October 24, 1990
March 14, 1909 ~ October 24, 1990
John Louis Spurlock was born on March 14, 1909.
He married Ruth Abney on January 14, 1932.
John had about an eighth grade education. He received no encouragement from his parents to pursue any higher education. He spoke of going to school one winter barefoot, because his parents couldn't afford shoes.
John contracted polio as a child, which left him with a crippled left leg. Although he had a limp for the rest of his life, he was a farmer and did other manual labor. In 1947 or 1948, he suffered a fall from a peanut wagon, which resulted in a broken left leg. He recovered from that, in spite of the expectations of the doctor. In 1954, he suffered a near fatal fall from a pecan tree, resulting in a broken left leg, arm, pelvis and ribs. He recovered from this also, but was unable to continue farming.
They sold the farm and began running a small grocery store-service station in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. In 1958, they purchased a store east of Lindsay, Oklahoma and operated it until 1973.
John died on October 24, 1990 of congestive heart failure and a collapsed lung.
His services were conducted at the Lindsay Missionary Baptist Church in Lindsay, Oklahoma, with Randy Rhea officiating.
During his life, John served in the church as a Sunday School Superintendent and an Adult Sunday School teacher.
October 22, 2007
September 28, 1913 ~ October 22, 2007
Ruth [Abney] Spurlock was saved on July 12, 1930 and baptized on July 14, 1930 in Coleman, OK.
She finished the eighth grade and enrolled in high school, 9th grade, three years in a row, but was unable to complete the grade because each of those years, her mother became ill and Ruth's father pulled her out of school to take care of the house, as she was the only girl left at home.
As was the opinion of many of that day, her father didn't feel that a girl needed an education, as they would be homemakers. Due to her experience with her education, she made a commitment to see that her children at least graduated from high school. Her three sons not only did that, but each received college degrees.
Ruth often spoke of growing up in a preacher's home. Her father was a Missionary Baptist preacher. He had many other preachers visit in their home. During those visits, Bible discussions were common. Ruth spent all the time she could listening to those discussions and states that is how she learned much about the Bible.
Except for two years, 1943-1944, when they lived in California, she was a life-long resident of Oklahoma.
She and her husband worked on a farm until John became disabled in 1955. Then they operated a grocery store in Wynnewood and Lindsay from 1955-1973. After closing the grocery store, they converted it to living quarters.
After the store closed, Ruth worked at the Burford Nursing Home, Lindsay, OK and also the Lindsay Hospital in maintenance. She returned to the Burford Nursing Center and worked until her health would no longer permit.
Due to her failed health at her own request, she moved to the Stratford Nursing Center on September 3, 2003. When the Stratford Nursing Center closed, on September 28, 2007, Ruth moved to the Midwest City Nursing Center, Midwest City, OK., close to her son, Jesse. She died peacefully there on October 22, 2007.
Her son, Jesse, handled her services, assisted by her youngest son, Jim. She was buried on October 26, 2007 in the Abney Cemetery.
January 28, 1994
March 30, 1933 ~ January 28, 1994
Louis Leon Spurlock was born March 30, 1933.
He was saved in a revival meeting at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Stratford, Oklahoma on September 20, 1946 and was baptized on September 25, 1946.
Louis enlisted in the U.S. Navy following his junior year in high school, but received his high school diploma by correspondence. Louis retired from the U.S. Navy after 21 years. He was a Hospital Corpsman with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He served in both the Korean and Viet Nam Conflicts.
He was an ordained Baptist preacher, having graduated from the Bible Baptist College in Springfield, Missouri on May 18, 1978. He pastored Faith Baptist Church in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Bible Fellowship Baptist Church and Temple Baptist Church in McAlester, Oklahoma. Also, for a period of time, he served as Youth Pastor of Northgate Baptist Church in McAlester.
At the time of his death on January 28, 1994, he was a guard at the Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester.
His services were conducted in the Bishop Funeral Home Chapel in McAlester, Oklahoma. Pastor Bob Tate officiated. Following the services in the chapel, the assembly was dismissed and reassembled for the concluding services at the Abney Cemetery in Stratford, Oklahoma.
On February 9, 1953, he married Wanda Alice Benge. His grandfather, J.W. Abney, performed the wedding ceremony.
September 27, 2000
June 5, 1934 ~ September 27, 2000
Born in Stratford, she was the daughter of Henry L. and Ollie May [Hutley] Benge.
She married Louis L. Spurlock on Feb. 9, 1953, in Stratford.
They moved to McAlester, Oklahoma in 1983.
She died there at her home at the age of 66.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Flossie Watson and four brothers, Preston Benge, Leonard Benge, L.D. Benge and J.C. Benge.
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