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Obituary for Tom Spoonts

June 7, 1926 - November 21, 2017
Liberty Hill, Texas | Age 91

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Tommy L. (Tom) Spoonts was born in Megargel, TX on June 7, 1926, to Thomas L. Spoonts and Caroline Sutton Spoonts, who both preceded him in death. Tom passed away at his home in Liberty Hill, TX, on November 21, 2017, at the age of 91, after a brief illness. He had two sisters, who also preceded him in death, Bertha McSeverns and husband, Mac, and Louise Branch and husband, Joe. Tom is survived by his wife, Bette Gene Spoonts of the home, and children, Peggy West and husband Larry of West Monroe, LA, Bill Spoonts and wife Juanita of Loveland, CO, Danny Spoonts and wife Ann of Denver, CO, Tommy Spoonts, Jr. and wife Judy of Lubbock, TX, and Bonny Jones and husband Gary of Cedar Park, TX. He also has 12 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, as well as many others who called him Dad and friends from around the world.

Tom served his country in the US Navy during World War II. He was attending the University of Texas in Austin as a Naval student in medical school. Later he was transferred to officer training school, then sent to Camp Bradford Amphibious Naval base near Norfolk, VA. Because of his medical training, he served as a medic on a hospital ship heading to the coast of France, to pick up and care for wounded soldiers. The ship returned to Newport News, VA, and he was selected to stay there to assist the corpsmen at the hospital. At the time the war ended, he was beginning Navy Pilot Training School at St. Mary's College in Berkley, CA. After returning home, he attended the University of New Mexico where he reconnected with his childhood friend and the love of his life, Bette Gene Foster ("Pidge"). They were married on March 8, 1947, in Albuquerque, NM. They soon moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Tom was appointed a deacon at the Fox and Lake Church of Christ in Carlsbad as a young married man with a family. He served in that capacity for seven years and then was appointed an elder in which position he served 8 years. Then he moved to Texas and helped start the Westover Hills congregation in Austin. There he was appointed an elder and served for twenty-five years before retiring to go to the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean where he was a self-supported missionary for several years. Then later, he continued to do missionary work in Hawaii and Central America. At the time of his death, he was continuing to support the native mission works on the island of St. Kitts and in Africa.

As an electrician, he worked in construction and the potash mines in southern New Mexico, and as an engineer he worked for the City of Carlsbad, the City of Austin, and Travis County. As a traffic engineer, he served as president of the International Municipal Signal Association, where he was the inventor of several traffic innovations, including the blue reflectors on the streets that mark the location of fire hydrants for the fire trucks, which are still in use all across the United States today. When you have to wait for the pedestrian light to give you permission to cross the street in front of the Texas State Capitol Building, you can thank Tom Spoonts.

He had a talent and love for music that he passed down to at least 3 generations of his family. He sang tenor and played the clarinet, piano, violin, and banjo.

Tom loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength. He especially loved the churches that he has been a member of the last several years of his life: the Smithwick Church of Christ in Smithwick, TX, and the Cloudcroft Church of Christ in Cloudcroft, NM, who are the sponsoring churches of his most beloved mission works with Randolph Prentiss in St. Kitts and Julius Ojunga in Kunya, Kenya.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, November 24, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 1200 Bagdad Road, Leander, TX 78641.

Services are scheduled at the Smithwick Church of Christ, Smithwick, TX, on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 1:00 PM, with burial to follow at the Smithwick cemetery, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mia Moo fund at www.miamoo.org or The Children's Home of Lubbock at www.childshome.org.

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  • In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mia Moo fund at www.miamoo.org or The Children's Home of Lubbock at www.childshome.org.

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