Billy Wayne Spears
September 3, 1949 - March 10, 2018
BILLY WAYNE SPEARS, AGE 68 and a resident of Thomas died Saturday afternoon March 10, 2018. He was retired as a supervisor with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development after 36 years of service. Billy always enjoyed going to work and loved joking with his co-workers and friends.
He was a longtime member of Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church that also enjoyed gardening. He always made a successful garden and liked to give away his vegetables to friends and family each year. Billy was also a member of the Great Southern Beagle Club and Bogue Chitto Coon Hunters Association. He was an excellent cook and liked to serve his famous jambalaya and red beans and rice and all the other good food he prepared to his hunting clubs and others. He was also very good at meat and deer processing and even had a smokehouse behind his home. Billy enjoyed fishing and being in the outdoors as well as bargain shopping. He was always looking out for a good price on the food he liked to prepare and often shared that news with his family. Billy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.
Survived by: Wife of 43 years: Venie Lee Lilly Spears of Thomas; Son: Heath Spears of Franklinton; 4 Daughters and Sons in law: Lynn and Jeffery Creel of Franklinton, Heather Spears Looper and Earl Looper of Stuttgart, AR, Hope Spears, Hannah Spears both of Thomas; 8 Grandchildren and a Spouse: Brandon Creel, Jeffery Creel, Samantha and Bruce Calamari, Ali Looper, Adi Looper, Tucker Looper, Adele Spears, Bentley Spears; 4 Great-grandchildren: Thomas Creel, Elijah Creel, Audrey Creel, Dalton Creel; Sister and Brother in law: Georgia and Don Cantrell of Robert; Mother in law: Lavenia Duncan Lilly of Mt. Hermon; Sisters in law and Brothers in law: Linda Spears, Margaret Spears both of Thomas, Marilyn and Wayne Taylor of Franklinton, Darlene and Rev. Raymond Garcia of Mt. Hermon; Brothers in law and a Sister in law: Jon Hebert of Denham Springs, Bobby and Sonya Lilly of Branson, MO; Also numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ander Spears and Martha Dean Spears, brothers and sisters in law Herbert and Nola Spears, Howard Spears, H.W. Spears, E.T. and Joanna Spears, Harvey and Marie Spears, Bobby Ray Spears, Sr., sister and brother in law Nell and Charlie Bounds, sister Brenda Hebert, father in law Bill Lilly and brother in law William Roy Lilly.
Visitation will be at Faith Tabernacle Church Monday March 12th from 5 pm until 10 pm and after 10 am on Tuesday. A funeral service will be held in the church at 2 pm Tuesday with Rev. Jerry Cox and Rev. Guy Looper officiating. Burial will follow in the Thomas Cemetery.