Rev. Dr. Sidney J. Spain (2/3/1925 - 9/1/2018)

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The Rev. Dr. Sidney J. Spain, 93, passed away on Sept. 1 in Tyler. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church and conducted by pastor, Dr. Chris Pulliam assisted by Dr. Gilbert Davis of Fort Worth. Visitation will follow the service in Disciples Hall.

Sidney was born Feb.3, 1925, at home in Church Road, Virginia, to Thomas Jefferson and Lurlene Clarke Spain. He attended public schools, graduating in 1942 from Midway High School. Sidney holds BA degree from Johnson Bible College in Tennessee and Mdiv from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. He served on the board at Jarvis Christian College, which honored him with a doctorate degree.

Sidney was an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and was pastor of churches in Winnsboro, Cisco, Marshall, and Lufkin before he was named Northeast Area Minister and moved to Tyler where he lived 43 years. He was affectionately called the "Piney Woods Pope." He served twice as a regional church officer, served on three boards of benevolent institutions, and a church camp. He authored several helpful books for ministers and a series of sermons on the Ten Commandments. For more than 25 years he conducted a men's breakfast Bible study at First Christian Church where he was a member.

Spain served as a chaplain for 28 years in the US Army and in the Texas Army National Guard (being called to active duty during the Berlin crisis) and retired as a Major. His hobbies were golf, bridge, reading, woodworking, travel, and listening to classical music. Sidney was even tempered and congenial. His quick wit and sense of humor helped set people at ease. Because of special psychiatric training, he was an excellent listener and slow to offer advice. Not a complainer, he endured macular degeneration, near deafness, and neuropathy in a stoic manner.

Spain is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Geer Spain; son, Roger Spain (Anna Rutkowski) of Roselle, Ill.; daughter, Carolyn (and Andy) Johns of Mansfield; two grandsons, Joseph Johns and Daniel Johns of Mansfield; brother, Thomas (and Joyce) Spain of Richmond, VA; sister Rosalie (and Irvin) Sheffield of Petersburg, VA. He was preceded in death by son, Stephen Spain of Midland; sister, Beulah Harrison of Hopewell, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway, building fund or named Spain scholarship fund at Brite Divinity School at TCU, Box 29813, Fort Worth, 76129 or a .
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Sept. 5, 2018
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