John W "Bill" Spalding, Jr.

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Passed down from my Aunt LaNelle:

Jack Williams hung the SPEEDY moniker on Billy. Billy tried out for the football team but try as he might, he couldnt run. Bartly Hagerman was the coach and he told Billy, boy, when you run you look like you are stomping out fire. And that's where it came from. Jack had a name for just about every body.He called Sonny Miller CHECHO. He couldn't talk plain and that's the way he prounaced Checkloslavacia. I

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Posted by: Lucas Spalding    Jan 09, 2013

In earlier years Bill loved to play golf, he was also very good at playing basketball. A truly wellrounded athlete! Other than spending time with his brothers, sisters, their spouses and an assortment of little Spaldings, Lewises and Ballards at New Smyrna Beach, Bill's fondest memory was about this particular joke that Jimmy Lewis (LaNelle's husband) told one evening. Over the years we often laughed about it, but it seems no one could exactly remember it, except that Jimmy had

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Posted by: Ingeborg Agnes Spalding - Winter Springs, FL - ex wife   Jan 05, 2013

Dear Vince,
Very sad to learn of your father's passing. May God bless and guide you and your family as your mourn such a great patriach.

God Bless,
Mari Cao-Laughlin (BMHS '77)

Posted by: Mari Cao-Laughlin - Orlando - BHMS Classmate (Vince 77)   Jan 04, 2013

To the Spalding family and especially Joe "Paw-Paw" Spalding,my heart and prayers are with you during this time. My fondest memory with the Spalding men was a road trip over 15 years ago that I took with them to Gainesville to watch the Kentucky Wildcats play basketball against the Gators. It was an experience getting to see all the brothers together and being in that setting with them.

Posted by: David Hall - Riverview, FL   Jan 04, 2013

To the Spalding family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have never met a family that is as close as yours, and have enjoyed being included in some of your get togethers - Bill was always so kind and friendly, always making me feel so welcome, he will be missed. My thoughts and sympathy are with all of you.

Posted by: Pam Way - Orlando, FL   Jan 04, 2013

When I first got married and moved to central Florida, one of the first stops I made was to visit you at A & M Junk Yard. I never meet anyone else with as silly of a sense of humor as dad except you ( and the other Spalding brothers)! You sure will be missed. You were very loved!!

Posted by: Lori Allen - Lakeland, FL - Niece and Goddaughter   Jan 04, 2013

Bill was my "big brother" in ways other than size and age. When I was about eleven, Bill brought me to spend the summer with him down here.At the time he still owned the Cities Service station with Bill and Polly Wallace. I think I learned more during that summer than at any other period in my life. I looked up to him and respected the man that he was. I have good memories of fishing together, traveling together, and visiting together. I love you, Bro, God speed.

Posted by: Joe Paul Spalding - Lynn Haven, FL - Brother   Jan 04, 2013

My uncle Bill was one of the dearest and sweetest people I have ever known. I don't think I have any memories of him where he is not smiling or laughing. He was always exceptionally kind and generous to me, and I am blessed to have known him and had him in my life.

Posted by: Carrie Spalding - Burbank, CA - Niece   Jan 02, 2013

He loved to play tennis before he had his accident and could not longer run. He was a good player, was on a men's and mixed doubles team with me for many years. As Susan mentioned, we had these wicked family tournaments during vacation.
He had such a sense of humor. When he heard that our two granddaughters Tiffany and Jennifer were taking ballet and gymnastic classes, he said "What a coincidence, I was en pointe just a week ago!" We were rolling on the floor with laughter imagining six foot four Grand-daddy in tights and a tutu.

Posted by: Ingeborg Agnes Spalding - Winter Springs, FL - ex wife   Jan 02, 2013

What a blessing that we all saw each other on Christmas Day for breakfast at my house. We ate, drank (coffee!) and laughed a lot. He joked around with Vincent, Jay and Lindsey, Lucas and Lisa. Teased his grandsons Connor and Jonathan and gave them their Christmas gift. He petted my yellow lab Maximus whom he really liked and said he was such a good dog for me to have.
Vincent and Bill went to a movie that afternoon and then

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Posted by: Ingeborg Agnes Spalding - Winter Springs, FL - ex wife   Jan 01, 2013