Oliver Earl Spell

Oliver Earl Spell, 93, of Nacogdoches died Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Born June 21, 1919, Earl was a native and former resident of Beaumont. He had also lived in Tyler.

Mr. Spell graduated from Beaumont's French High School and attended Centenary College on a football scholarship. He later attended Lamar University and The University of Texas, receiving his degree in applied mathematics. He had a long, successful career with Bethlehem Steel, helping develop some of the first U.S. offshore drilling platforms and ultimately retiring as a manager from Bethlehem's Singapore Ship Yard. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving his country during World War II.

Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Spell was also deeply devoted to service in the body of Christ as a teacher, preacher, elder and ministry director in Beaumont, Singapore and Tyler. His passion for God's word inspired him to participate in several evangelistic mission trips to Australia and Canada.

His survivors include his sons, Walter Earl Spell and wife Bonnie, of Center, and Jeryl Edd "J" Spell and wife Pam, of Tyler; sister, Mae Kennedy, of Beaumont; brother, Martin Spell, of Garland; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge Elizabeth Petree Spell, in 2004; parents, Oliver Claude and Esther Rose (Gaskin) Spell; twin sister, Merle Mott; and brothers, Horace Spell, Bo Spell and Ben Spell.

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine St., in Beaumont with Bill Sherrill officiating.

Arrangements are under direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.

To sign the guestbook go to www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 11, 2013