The Family of  John Tinsley Spears

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John Tinsley Spears completed his earthly journey on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. He was born on May 3, 1938, in Charlottesville, VA to John Lee and Priscilla Ragland Spears.

He started his Christian walk under the pastorate of the Reverend Benjamin F. Bunn at the First Baptist Church at Seventh and West Main Streets where he served in many capacities. He served as an usher; he sang in the adult and menís choirs; he was a cofounder of a youth ministry for boys and young men; and he served as a deacon until his call to the gospel ministry under the pastorate of Dr. Bruce Aaron Beard. He served as associate minister and as an outreach minister at the Trinity Mission Adult Care Facility.

He served on the Janie Porter Barrett Daycare Center Board and the Tenth and Page Street Neighborhood Association.

He enjoyed sports as a participant and a spectator. He was a member of the Hampton Institute Boxing Team, The Charlottesville Tennis Patrons, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Tennis League. He played Sunday League Baseball in the Piedmont Black Baseball League. He also coached Little League Baseball in the Jackie Robinson League. He enjoyed salt water fishing on the bay.

Reverend Spears served as Devotional and Spiritual leader for the Golden Agers at the First Baptist Church. He provided spiritual counsel during Soup Kitchen.

Reverend Spears graduated from Jackson P. Burley High School. He attended Hampton Institute (University). He pursed further coursework at Piedmont Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia. Rev. Spears holds the Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA. He was a member of the Ministerís Alliance of Staunton and Waynesboro, VA. He was also a member of the African-American Pastorís Council of Charlottesville. Reverend Spears served as the pastor of Smokey Row Baptist Church.

He is survived by his son, John T. Spears, Jr. of Richmond, VA and his daughter, Sandra Spears Harris of San Francisco, CA and his wife, Maxine C. Baskfield-Spears of Charlottesville, VA.

Funeral Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue, with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating and the Reverend Hodari Hamilton delivering the eulogy. He will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the services.

Interment will held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Holly Memorial Gardens.

But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they will mount on wings as eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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