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Robert Earl Spencer, 81

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Robert Earl Spencer, 81, of Crossville, TN, peacefully drifted into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, surrounded by loved ones on January 15, 2023, after a lengthy and courageous fight with Parkinson’s Disease.

Robert was born on April 7, 1941, to Earl and Lillian (Crocker) Spencer in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He grew up in Hastings, Michigan, and graduated as a proud Saxon from Hastings High School in the class of 1959.

In 1955, Robert first met Susan Dyer when he was in the 8th grade and she was in the 7th grade.  The two married in December of 1959 and embarked on their life journey.  Robert and Susan Spencer went on to have 3 children, Julie Ann (’61), Mark Robert (’62), and Amy Lynn (’68).

After working for many years in upper management of various businesses, Robert “officially” retired and he and Susan built their dream home on the 5th fairway of The Crag in Fairfield Glade.  Although retired, Robert was a ranger at Stonehenge Golf Course and served on the Fairfield Glade Community Club Board of Directors from 2002-2008.  Robert’s favorite hobbies included golfing and hiking, which he and Susan enjoyed together for the 20-plus years living on the Glade.

The one thing that made him prouder than his work and happier than playing golf was his family.  He was an amazing father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and a loyal and loving husband for 63 years.

Robert was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Lillian Spencer, sister Carolyn, daughter Amy, and grandchildren Taylor and Jacob.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Susan, daughter Julie Mason (Spencer), son Mark (Maria) Spencer, sister Dawn (Mike) Balent, sister Gwen (Larry) Winans, brother Jim (Althea) Spencer, brother Gary (Nancy) Spencer, grandchildren Matt (Karen) Mason, Justin (Chelsea) Mason, Brandon (Alexa) Mason, Emma Mason, Alexis (John) Hammitt, Zachary Francis, Eric (Hannah) Zaborniak, and 8 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service is being planned for the Spring of 2023 to be held at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Parkinson’s Foundation at parkinson.org.

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