James Franklin Spence

Published 10:32 am Sunday, February 23, 2020

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James Franklin Spence, 86, of Grandy, died February 18, 2020 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Born in Harnett County on December 18, 1933 to the late Franklin P. Spence and Ethel McLean Spence, he was the widower of Daniele André Ghilardi Spence who preceded him in death by fifteen days.  Mr. Spence served his country honorably as an infantryman in the U. S. Army during the Korean War, and then served three tours in Vietnam in the U. S. Air Force until his retirement. Following his military service, Mr. Spence served North Carolina as an Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent until his retirement in 1995.

He is survived by daughter, Tania L. Spence (Jason Taylor) of Grandy; son Frank Spence (Dactoy) of Fayetteville; sisters Doris Mozelle Tyndall and Ethylene Shannon-Wood; grandchildren Ryan Spence, Nicholas Spence, Kyle Taylor and Lydia Taylor; and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on February 24 at Twiford Memorial Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Eugene McLawhorn. Burial will be in Laurel Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and at other times at the residence. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is serving the Spence family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.

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