On November 28, 2023, Lamar Floyd Spence, a cherished father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully at the age of 76 after an extended illness. Lamar was born on November 16, 1947, in Dothan, Alabama to the late Floyd and Lennie Mae Spence. He carried with him through life the warmth and generosity of spirit that was the hallmark of his character.
Lamar was a proud graduate of Dale County High School, where he laid the foundation for a lifetime of learning and achievement and Lamar's entrepreneurial spirit led him to a variety of ventures, but he was most fondly remembered in Midland City as "The Shrimp Man."
His commitment to his community was evident through his service as a councilman for District One in Midland City for several years. He was known for his approachable nature and his readiness to lend a hand wherever it was needed, truly embodying the role of a public servant. He also served as a Mason and Shriner at the Dothan Lodge. Lamar's friendly demeanor and selfless acts left a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Lamar had an insatiable curiosity and a remarkable ability to be successful at anything he put his mind to. This attribute served him well in his community, and he never hesitated to help others with his knowledge. His love for music was profound, and he enjoyed singing at Midland City United Methodist Church where he was a member, bringing joy and upliftment to many through his voice. His musical talent extended beyond the pews; he once played with the renowned Billy Joe Royal.
Lamar was a devoted Auburn fan, and his enthusiasm for the team was infectious. He could often be found cheering them on, showing his support in the true spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship. His zest for life was apparent to all who knew him; he never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone, making them feel like an old friend in minutes.
He leaves behind a loving family who will continue to honor his legacy: his wife, Laverne Spence; his daughter, Cherrie McKinnon (Robert); his son, Chris Spence; and his granddaughter, Emily Christine McKinnon. He was a pillar of strength and love for his nieces and nephews, Arvin McCathern, Jr. (Angel), Audy McCathern (Maureen, Samantha, Max), Prudence McCathern Davis (John, Lexie, and Carlie), Keith Riley (Lynn and Jessica), Wayne Riley, and Doug Parker Jr. (Tina); and his brother in law, Douglas Parker, Sr. Lamar was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donnice Michael Spence; and his sisters, Gloria Fae Riley, Glenda E. McCathern, and Twylia Parker; and his brother in law, Arvin W. McCathern, Sr.