The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


June 24, 2013

Grover Speight

Monday, June 24, 2013 — Grover Donald Speight, 81, of Albemarle, passed away, June 19, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

The family received friends at Hartsell Funeral Home, Albemarle, on Friday, June 21, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service was at West Albemarle Baptist Church on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. with a 30 minute state prior to the service. Rev. Adam Hatley and Rev. Ron Honeycutt officiated. The burial followed in Fairview Memorial Park, Albemarle.

At other times the family will gather at his home.

Born December 8, 1931, in Stanly County, N.C., he is the son of the late Walter Seymore Speight and the late Jeanie Prudence Laton Speight. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Clara Jane Burleson Speight in 2004; brothers, Cletus Speight, Roy Speight and Melvin Speight; and sisters, Ruth Underwood, Mary Belle Lisk, Lillian Mauldin, Rachel Speight, Mabel Fraley and Edith Culp.

He is survived by his sons, Don Michael Speights and wife Tess of Richfield and Christopher Dean Speights and wife Leigh of Albemarle; grandchildren, Beth Hopkins and husband Chad, Ben Speights and wife Casey, Christie Speights and fiance Alex Carpenter and Jacob Speights; great-grandchildren, Ethan Hopkins, Eavan Claire Hopkins, Eli Hopkins and Olivia Speights; sisters, Ozell Pigg and husband Robert of Albemarle and Betty Burr and husband Jesse of Wadesboro.

Family and special friends of the family will serve as pall bearers. They are Raymond Jackson, Gary Whitley, Roger Speight, Jimmy Russell, Derrell Hatley and Donnie Rummage.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Speight was retired from Alcoa and enjoyed farming all of his life.

Memorials may be made to West Albemarle Baptist Church, Project Build on Faith, 336 Church St., Albemarle, NC 28001.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the family.

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