Ollen Daniel “Danny” Spears, Jr. was born in Inman, Virginia, but resided in Union Chapel until his 64 year earthly journey ended and he went home to be with his Lord on March 29,2013. His final moments spent at home where he wanted to be.
Whether he was known as “Danny”, “Hoss”, or “Foots”, he was known as a God fearing man who loved his Lord, his family and his country in that order. And he still had an abundance left to share with everyone he came in contact with, especially his beloved pet Milo.
He was a proud Veteran who willingly served his country in the Vietnam War from 1968 till 1970, and was rarely seen without his Veteran cap.
After serving his country he returned to Jasper to begin working in the coal mines. His career stretched from 1971 to 1996 and he was a proud member of the United Mine Workers Association. Over the course of twenty-five years, he made countless friends of his co-workers in Maxine Mine, Gorgas Mine and Chetopia Mine.
Danny was greeted in Heaven by his earthly father, Ollen Daniel Spears,Sr.; his mother, Thelma Spears Gravlee; step-father, Gray Gravlee; and his sister, Jeanette Gravlee Wolfe.
Those left to celebrate his life include his wife, Wanda Upton Spears; sister, Linda Spears Kimbrell (Joe); brothers, Glendon Gravlee (Debra) and Ronnie Gravlee (Veronica); two children, Lee Spears and Lynn Spears Emerson; special son, Terrell Lee Spears; and a host of extended family members, who loved him far too great to list.
Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Collins-Burke Funeral Home from 6 until 9 p.m. Funeral service will be Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Collins-Burke Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Walker Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Denny Kimbrell, Terry Spears, Ryan Gravlee, Joshua Upton, Casey Tidwell and Wayne Williams. Bro. Fred Lackey will officiate. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, you are encouraged to make donations to The American Cancer Society to honor Danny’s memory.
A special “thank you” to Ridgeview Rehabilitation Center and Comfort Care Hospice.