Willie Wendell Spann, age 86, passed away peacefully at home with loved ones by his side on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He was born in Glendale, Florida and resided in Pace, Florida for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rayford and Louella Spann; sister Margaret Ard, and brothers Daniel Spann and James Spann.
Wendell was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and husband who would help anyone without hesitation. He loved gardening, fishing, spending time outdoors and close company of his family and friends. He was a quiet, gentle, kind hearted and loving man who could always put a smile on our faces. Most of all, he cherished every moment with his best friend, soul mate, and loving wife of 46 years, Marilyn.
Mr. Spann was retired from West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. He attended First United Methodist Church in Pace, Florida. He was an excellent cook and he deeply enjoyed preparing meals for his family and cooking Wednesday night fellowship dinners with his wife for his extended church family for several years.
His family and friends will forever keep their memories of him in their hearts. “Memories are a way of holding onto the things you love and treasure. Hugs, kisses, laughter, love, caring, smiles – keep fond memories in your heart, for they will last a lifetime.” We miss you Pa, and will always love you.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Jeff (Michelle) Spann, Scott (Shannon) Spann, David (Brandi) Spann; his daughters, Sabra (George) Lassiter, Nancy Lizama; his grandchildren, Brandon (Allison) Thompson, Jonathan Lizama, Adam (Dana) Spann, Brittany (Mike) Johndrow, Nick Lizama, Kaleb (Caitlin) Spann, Chrissy (Timothy Sours) Spann, Jessika Spann, Hailee Lizama, Micah Spann, Elijah Spann, and Cammy Spann; 7 great grandchildren; sisters; Barbara Pinckard, Jeannette (Fred) Gillman; Patricia (Norman)Wise; sister-in-law, Voncile Hudson, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Our family would like to thank Emerald Coast Hospice doctors, nurses and staff for their loving and compassionate care during this difficult time.
Pastor John Webb and Pastor Stan Jones will be officiating at his Celebration of Life service on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Floridatown Pavilion in Pace, Florida. Seating is limited and if you are unable to stand, please bring a chair.
Family Funeral and Cremation is in charge of arrangements.
Miss Me – But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little – but not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me – but let me go
For this is a journey we all must take and each must go alone
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the family and friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me – but let me go.