Donald C. Spidle, 69, of Livingston died Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham from injuries suffered in an automobile accident Sept. 27.
Widely known in Sumter County as a man with a ready smile and generous spirit, Mr. Spidle has been the subject of much concern these three weeks among the many who knew him.
Mr. Spidle donated his body to the University of Alabama in Birmingham for medical education and research, which means that no conventional funeral was held; instead a memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 at 11:00 a.m. at The Livingston United Methodist Church.
Don Spidle was born Feb. 14, 1942, at McDowell, on the Tombigbee River in Sumter County. His parents, who preceded him in death, were Walter Herman Spidle and Wynema Mott Spidle. Don was unfortu- nate in that his mother suffered from a long-term illness and his father was not able to keep the family together. But he was fortunate in that his grandparents, Jesse C. and Eliza Mott, provided a loving upbringing for him at their home at Whatley in Clarke County. He was a graduate of Clarke County High School in Grove Hill.
Following his service in the Navy Don eventually became a long-haul truck driver. For years he traveled the highways, hauling freight all over the nation. There were not many areas of the country where Don and his truck had not been. A fall on icy pavement on one of his western trips caused an injury to his shoulder that ended his overthe road driving career several years ago.
In 1975 he was married to Marjorie Winborne Looney. They eventually became residents of the Pinson Hills subdivision of Livingston. Don liked to say that Marjorie was his best friend. He liked to tease her, and she always had an answer for him. She suffered for years from cancer and died only this past May.
Don was an avid fan of Alabama football, and was not above teasing his Auburn friends upon occasion. He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, especially enjoying fishing. His primary interest, however was others. He loved people and could always be counted on for a smile and a helping hand.
Besides his parents, other relatives preceding him in death were a brother, Walter H. Spidle Jr., sister, Billie Jean Lindsey and brother-in-law, Joseph Payne Lindsey.
Survivors include one stepson, Lynn Looney of Eutaw, one step-daughter, Terry (Lynn) Truelove, Pascagoula, MS; stepgranddaughters, Ashley (Joe) Thomas, Spanish Fort, Morgan Truelove, Oceans Springs, MS; a step-great-granddaughter, Carolyn Thomas; a brother, Jack Spidle, Atlanta, Ga.; two nieces, Linda L. Slayton, Grove Hill, and Sherie L. (Danny) Martin, Florence; two nephews, Joseph P. (Rachel) Lindsey Jr., Grove Hill, Spidle (Sara) Lindsey, Elberta; great-nephews, Carey Slayton, Andy Slayton, both of Grove Hill, Joseph Scott (Beth) Slayton, Chelsea, SPC Daniel Martin, Fort Bragg, N.C.; two greatnieces Dr. Lindsey M. (Andy) Goodman, Shaker Heights, Ohio, Amanda Morris of Grove Hill.