William Earl Spikes
August 27, 1948 - December 18, 2022
William Earl Spikes, affectionately known as Mearl, age 74, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA. He was born August 27, 1948, to the late Curtis and Willie Mae Spikes in Sandy Hook, MS. He was a resident of Driftwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Hospital in Torrance, CA.
He proudly worked as a Coach and as a Recreational Director for many years. He worked as an Educator in Ashville, North Carolina and lastly as an Educator at Varnado High School in Angie, LA. He worked until he became ill and relocated to Los Angeles, CA.
William is survived by one son, Jamal Pierre Spikes and his mother, Angela of Charlotte, North Carolina. He also leaves to mourn three Sisters: Minnie Elliott of Inglewood, CA; Charlene Barnes of Lake Elsinore, CA and Gwendolyn Diane Wilson of Abita Springs, LA. He is survived by two brothers: Leslie Charles (Marsha) Spikes of Bogalusa, LA and Carl (Brenda) Spikes of Baton Rouge, LA. William is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, caretakers, prayer warriors and friends.
William was preceded in death by his father, Curtis Spikes, Sr. and his mother, Willie Mae Spikes. A sister, CW5 Retired, Roberta Spikes – Cummings and a brother, Curtis Spikes, Jr.
William graduated from Central Memorial High School. He was an amazing athlete. He played basketball and baseball. In 1967, standing 6 feet 1 inches tall and 183 pounds, he was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates in the 11th round of the 1967 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft from Central Memorial High School in Bogalusa, LA. During his tenure with the Pittsburg Pirates, he was a right hander and he played outfield and first base.
William graduated with a Bachelors in Sports and Recreation from Grambling State University. He also was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity where he partnered with non-profit and corporate entities to leverage social and capital gains. He advocated for political, economic intellectual and social reform.
William was kind, humble, funny, laid back and very handsome. He loved playing bingo, communicating and watching sporting events. William was extremely loved by his family, friends and everyone who knew him. We will carry William, in our hearts forever. God, we thank you.
Funeral Service will be Saturday January 7, 2023 at 11am at Crain and Sons Funeral Home Bogalusa, LA 70427
Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Bogalusa are in charge of arrangements.