Elna Gray Spires (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Elna Gray Spires, beloved wife of William Spires, Jr., Augusta, Ga., went to be with her Lord on May 2, 2009 at University Hospital. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Evans with Rev. Steven Spencer and Rev. Robert Rayner officiating. Burial will follow at Belleview Memorial Gardens. She was born in Columbia County, the daughter of the late Allie M. Gray, Sr. and Thelma West Gray. She spent most of her life in Evans and retired from the F.W. Woolworth Co., as office manager. A member of First Baptist Church, she faithfully served as Clerk for 50 years. She served in all departments of Sunday school and mission organization. She is a member of the Gleaners Sunday school class. She was a member of the Martinez Eastern Star # 464, the Woodmen of the World, and the Fellowship Group of St. Luke United Methodist Church. She will be remembered by her love for her Lord, her family, her church, her church family, and her friends. She is preceded in death by her son, William "Bill" Fuller; and four brothers, Marion "Buddy" Gray, Marvin "Bo" Gray, Harold D. "Pepper" Gray, and Allie M. "Jr." Gray, Jr. She is survived by her husband, William H. Spires, Jr.; a stepson, Darrell Spires; stepdaughter, Susan Laughmiller; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Nelson; a brother, John T. Gray; grandchildren, Brent and Helen Pullen; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be nephews, George Gray, Larry Gray, Al Gray, Thad Gray, Roger Gray, and Bruce Gray. Honorary Pallbearers will be James Fuller, W.C. Fuller, Hugh Fuller, Charles Fuller, Gene Fuller, Allen Fuller, Barry Fuller, and Tony Fuller. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 4, 2009 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Road, Martinez, Ga. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Evans, P.O. Box 159, Evans, Ga. 30809. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-May 4, 2009