DAINGERFIELD â€“ Thomas McLain (Papa Tom) Spell Jr., 81, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Visitation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Nail-Haggard Funeral Home, Daingerfield. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2012, at the Daingerfield Church of Christ with Tim Gibbs, Norman Miller and Andy Spell officiating. Burial will be held in Oakwood Cemetery in Jefferson under the direction of Nail-Haggard Funeral Home in Daingerfield.
He was born Dec. 7, 1930, in Stephenville, Texas, to Thomas and Viola Spell.
He went to public schools in Stephenville and attended Tarleton State University before joining the Army in 1951. He later received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from North Texas State University. On Sept. 16, 1955, he married Martha Ogburn Spell.
He served school districts in Era, Forsan, Weslaco, Progresso and Coahoma as coach, principal and superintendent. He was a long-time member of the Lions Club. Tom and Martha were member of Daingerfield Church of Christ.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Viola Spell; and two sisters, Hildegaurd Fortenberry and Jean Spell.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha; daughters and sons-in-law, Kirsten and Forrest Herndon, Leigh and Dan Hockenbrough, Tracey and James Howard; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Cheryl Spell; sister, Gloria Spell; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donations can be made in Tomâ€™s name to, Arms of Hope Ministries, 21300 Hwy. 16 N. Medina, TX 78055.