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Spence honored by Texas House

Last month the death of an Ennis man, Kelton Spence, 63, drew one of the largest crowds to a visitation or funeral at J.E. Keever Mortuary, proving a private citizen engaged in good works can impact a community as much as any public official or other celebrated person.
Spence, employed by Data Documents for 32 years, was a longtime member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 227 and of the Hopewell Assembly of God.
District 10 Representative Jim Pitts responded to the outpouring of sympathy in Ennis by drawing up a resolution honoring Spence.
The resolution has now passed the Texas House of Representatives in Austin.
The document read on the House floor was worded as follows:
“Whereas, Family and friends are mourning the loss of Kelton David Spence of Ennis, who died November 9, 2007, at the age of 63; and
Whereas, Born in Corsicana on March 4, 1944, to William and Rosa Lee Shue Spence, Kelton Spence grew up in Hopewell and attended Alamo School; he graduated from Ennis High School in 1962 and earned an associate’s degree from Navarro College in 1981; and
Whereas, In 1963, Mr. Spence married the love of his life, Linda Lott of Waxahachie; the couple made their home in Ennis and became the parents of two treasured sons; and
Whereas, Long engaged in the printing trade, Mr. Spence began his career at Ennis Business Forms; he later worked for Crump Business Forms and then spent 32 years at Data Documents; and
Whereas, Mr. Spence was a valued member of the Hopewell Assembly of God and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 227, and he lived his life in accordance with the Odd Fellow principles of friendship, love, and truth; greatly beloved in his community, Mr. Spence was known for his decency, his gentleness, and his quiet generosity; wherever he perceived a need, he offered his assistance before being asked and without expecting any credit or recognition; and
Whereas, A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Kelton Spence was strong in his faith and dedicated to the service of others, and memories of this fine man and his many acts of kindness will live forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved him; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That tribute be paid to the memory of Kelton David Spence and that sincere condolences be extended to the members of his family: to his wife, Linda Spence; to his sons, Chad Spence and his wife Debbie, and Brad Spence and his wife Shelley; to his granddaughter, Lanie Spence; to his sister, Elaine Hartman and her husband, Roger; to his dear friends, Lloyd and Retha Bigham; and to all who mourn the loss of this esteemed gentleman.”
Signed, Jim Pitts
State Representative
District 10

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