SIKESTON - Louis D. Spivey, 77, left his earthly home on Sept. 23, 2007, to be with his Heavenly Father after a lengthy battle with cancer and Parkinson's disease. He died at home, with family at his side.
Louis was born on March 8, 1930, at Carbondale, Ill., son of the late Armel Spivey Sr. and Jewel Ralph Spivey.
On Jan. 30, 1949, Louis married Doris Ayers of Sikeston. She preceded him in death on Sept. 13, 1975. On April 8, 1978, Louis and Niva Clark Breeden were married in Sikeston. She survives of the home.
Louis moved to Sikeston at age 10 and graduated from Sikeston High School in 1948. He began his 42-year career with the Postal Service in the fall of 1948. He worked as a letter carrier and supervisor at the Sikeston Post Office for many years until being appointed Postmaster of New Madrid in 1979. He retired there in in 1990. After retirement, he sold real estate, enjoyed woodworking, traveling to Branson with his wife and son as often as possible and just being with family and friends.
He was ordained as a Deacon at Clayton Avenue Baptist Church in 1965, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sikeston at the time of his death. He was a devoted Christian and a loving husband, brother, grandfather and friend.
Louis was a member of the Masonic Lodge AM & AF 310 and the Order of the Eastern Star, Sikeston Chapter No. 137. He served as past president of the New Madrid Kiwanis Club in 1983 and 1984. He was a proud member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Association of Postmaster and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Louis is survived by: four daughters and sons-in-law, Ted and Karen (Spivey) Recker, Jackie and Jane (Breeden) Calbert, Michael and Sandy (Breeden) Stanley and Dale and Sharon (Breeden) Curtis of Sikeston; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry D. and Teri (Haney) Spivey of Humansville and Robert Breeden of the home in Sikeston; nine grandchildren, Scott (Jana) Calbert, Mark (Jamie) Calbert, Joe and Jana (Calbert) Santos and Kerry Klund, all of Sikeston, Chris (Heather) Lay of Mustang, Okla., Amy (Lay) and Scottie Jenkins of Springfield, Tyler Sisk of Cape Girardeau, Nicole (Haney) Parham of Jacksonville, Fla. and Nathan Haney of Humansville; and nine great-
Louis was also preceded in death by one brother, J.C. Spivey of West Covina, Calif. He is survived by one brother, Armel Spivey Jr. of Flowery Branch, Ga.; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Joda and Sandra (Spivey) Weston of Killeen, Texas and Linda (Spivey) Herzog of Poplar Bluff. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vernon and Kay Ayers of Dexter, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today with services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston. The Revs. Gene Lancaster and David Jackson will officiate.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be: Rick Houston, David Hay, Jim Keller, Jimmy Edmonson, Travis Cox and Roy Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church.