In Loving Memory

Danny Lee Spear

July 24, 1950 - January 22, 2024

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Danny Lee Spear, a resident of Daphne, AL, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Thomas Hospital, at the age of 73.

Danny was born on July 24, 1950, in Huguley, AL to Thomas Harold “Bo” Spear and Doris Helen Sims Spear at Wheeler Hospital in Lafayette, AL. He graduated from Lanett High School in1968, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Education from Auburn University, and completed his Master’s degree at Troy University.

Danny is survived by his wife, Brenda Fulghum Spear; his son, Russell (Charity); daughters, Beth Ford (Justin), Meredith and Julie; stepchildren, Amy Allen Robertson (Scott) and Michael Allen (Alicia); grandchildren, Lucy, Emma, Kalyn, Liam, Miller, Mia, Will, Alex, Jack, and Lena; brother, Donald (Terri); nephew, David; and his best friend, Luke Spear.

Danny is preceded in death by his mother, Doris Spear; his father, Thomas H. “Bo” Spear; and daughter, Jenny Spear.

Throughout his lifetime, he touched every life he encountered and led countless people to the Lord. He had a passion for people, and he spoke life over everyone and every circumstance. His greatest accomplishments were his family, including his children, grandchildren, his loving wife, Brenda, and his best companion and loving dog, Luke Spear. He served as interim pastor for numerous churches in the community and as Senior Pastor at Lanett Congregational Christian Church until 2018, making sure no church went without a message on a Sunday. He spent many years in the classroom teaching and making an impact on future generations. He was passionate about sports, and most of his time was spent on a ball field somewhere coaching athletes and equipping them to be successful beyond the classroom. After retirement, Danny continued to pursue his calling. He co-founded the local group called “ROMEOs” (Really Old Men Eating Out), was affiliated with WaterBreak Coaches Ministries, and was an avid member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). He took pride in promoting the unity of faith and sports, and he spoke openly about his relationship with Christ superseding any success gained in the secular world. Above all, he served his Lord and Savior with every cell in his body. Until his last breath, he was sharing the Gospel.

Two celebration of life services will be held in his honor. The first service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Lanett Congregational Christian Church, 900 South 7th Avenue, Lanett, AL 36863, at 11AM (EST), with a time of visitation before the service beginning at 9AM (EST). The second service will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL at 3PM (CST), with a time of visitation before the service at 2PM (CST).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Danny’s honor to WaterBreak Coaches Ministries (email [email protected]) or your local FCA organization (https://www.fca.org/donate).

Expressions of condolences for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

14 Comments

  1. Greg and Reta Dunn

    We have lost a true man of God, but our Lord has taken home a wonderful soul! Danny’s storytelling and wit always brought a smile, laugh and good feeling to those around him. His memory will be cherished, and he will always remain a person to emulate in our life. Our sympathies and prayers for comfort go out to Brenda and Danny’s entire family.

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  2. Jason Phillips

    I had the pleasure to coach with Danny when I was hired to coach at Valley. He immediately made such a great impression on me and taught me so much. My life is definitely better for knowing Danny Spear. You will be deeply missed Coach!!

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  3. Charlene Yates

    Brenda, Charles and I are so sorry for your loss. While we didn’t know him personally, everyone who spoke of him remembers him as a man of faith and compassion. He is worshipping now with his Savior fully healed. Our prayers are with you.

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  4. Ronnie Sikes

    We lost a true friend of mine and a man of God in Danny Spear. A great teacher, coach, husband , father and preacher above all a great roll model for us all. We will miss him.. coach em up Danny up there!

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  5. Debbie & Gary McMickle

    Our hearts are heavy as we say goodbye to one of our best friends. Danny always kept us laughing and loved to tease the waitresses when we ate supper with he and Brenda.
    On a serious note he was one of the finest men we knew and loved the Lord with all his heart and soul. He sent his devotionals every morning without fail and we always were inspired by his words. He will be truly missed but his work here is done. We love you Danny.

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  6. Lisa Horne Ward

    I admired and respected Coach Spear for so many reasons. He was a man of God first, and he was also a great example of what a man should be to his family, friends, students, and community. He was always very kind to me and I relied on him for advice and guidance. He was an inspiration to us all, always ready to tell a funny and relevant story to teach us a lesson and inspire us to do better. He even did this when he was gravely ill. My heart is heavy and sad knowing he’s no longer here, but I know that heaven is a much brighter place today with him in it. He was my teacher, my coach, and my friend and I will miss him terribly.

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  7. Jason Davis

    Coach Danny Spear was one of a kind and a bright light in this dark world. We worked together for only two years, but we kept in touch through social media for years after our working relationship ended. He was a true man of God and someone we should all emulate to be like as he followed God’s word daily and made sure to share the Gospel with others. You will be greatly missed on this earth my friend! May you rest in peace after a job well done!

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  8. Shelley Gleaton

    I had the pleasure of being one of his students. He had helped me through his prayers and teachings in so many ways. I am thankful I had the pleasure to know him. He will be missed. Go rest high Coach Spear.

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  9. Doris Green

    Brenda, I am sorry for your loss. But I pray you get some comfort in knowing he is well and whole and praising with our Heavenly Father. What a great legacy he has left . I love you and I will pray every day for the strength for u to have for this new journey called life. And I know we will see him again. So glad I got to know you while I was at Jubilee. Peace and comfort to you and your family.

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  10. Bill and Sharon Rowland

    Heaven is truly rejoicing to welcome Danny home. He was an exemplary person who loved his family and the Lord with all his strength. Danny will be missed, but his legacy will always be with us. Brenda, please know you and the family are in our prayers

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  11. Name *Anita and Phil Chasse'

    We r so very sorry about the passing of Danny.

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  12. Danny Berry

    The memorial service today was a great tribute to Danny. Everyone who spoke had volumes of shared love. It was truly nice.

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  13. Richard Wingard

    He was one of the greats in my opinion. Always had the right words to a question in the Sunday schoool class. He was in line with me on what dirty santa gifts were suppose. He was so upbeat ,funny and happy. Will miss him but he is okay in the next phase of life. He left a pattern to all follw. Soar like an Eagle good friend in Christ.

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  14. Danielle Coleman

    Danny was a true friend! He helped me survive my first year of teaching high school. I will cherish our great conversations forever!

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