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Carl Joe Spangler

December 18, 1939 — October 6, 2020

Carl Joe Spangler, born December 18, 1939, passed away on October 6, 2020 in Spartanburg, SC., following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s . Born in Lindside, W.Va., Joe moved to Ormond Beach, FL with his family when he was 8 years old. He is predeceased by his father, L. G. “Boots” Spangler, mother, Anna Mae Ballard Spangler, his brothers, Leo, Jan, Don, and Carmen J. Spangler. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gayle Dunn Spangler, daughter Anna Farris (Kevin) and grandsons Colin and Jeffrey of Houston, TX, daughter Laura Quinn (Tim) and grandson Kyle, of Spartanburg, SC, and Sister in Law Clara Blanton Spangler (Jan), of Daytona Beach, FL. Joe leaves numerous surviving relatives in West Virginia, Florida and North Carolina. Joe attended Mainland High School in Ormond Beach, FL and graduated from High Point College in High Point, NC. Joe kept in touch with his Mainland classmates and attended many class reunions over the years. Joe had a long career in the Industrial Coating Industry, working for DeSoto, Glidden Paint, and eventually retiring from Valspar Coatings. His work in the industry took Joe and his family to live in Dallas, TX, Atlanta, GA, Plano, TX, Avon Lake, OH, finally back again to Plano. Joe was a man of deep faith. In each community, he was an active participant and servant in various churches. Upon retirement, Joe and Gayle moved to the East Texas community of Holly Lake Ranch, where, from their home on the 15th Green, Joe was able to realize his goal of playing golf 2-3 times per week. From there, he and Gayle continued pursuing their love of travel. Over the years, they crossed the United States visiting dozens of historical sites and geographic monuments. On their 26 cruises, they were able to experience the beauty of Alaska, Europe, Central & South America, including a crossing in the Panama Canal. Joe and Gayle loved meeting people along their travels and kept in correspondence with many of them afterwards. They were also avid Bridge players of many decades and enjoyed entertaining friends in their home. Most of all, though, Joe was man devoted to his family. He and Gayle raised their daughters in a loving home, and he supported them in their activities in school, swimming, band, church and anything else they needed him to. He was the best Dad. Joe delighted in the fact that he had 3 grandsons, traveling near and far to spend time with them, get to know them as boys, and then as young men. He was so proud of them. Joe also made sure to find ways to share company with his and Gayle’s relatives in West Virginia, Florida and North Carolina, who he loved and treasured. He was even a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins football team. Joe was a man known for his humor, kindness and compassion, and will be remembered and missed by many friends and family near and far. A Remembrance of Joe will take place in the Summer of 2021, in his beloved West Virginia at a date to be announced. The Spangler family would like to thank the Memory Care staff at Summit Hills for the compassionate care they gave him in his final months, as well as friends and family for their thoughts and support at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Alzheimer’s research at www.Alz.org in memory of Joe Spangler.
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