Elbert “Bert” Flinton Spurgeon, son of the late Charles Flinton and Goldia Bernice (Sails) Spurgeon, was born on November 27, 1924 in Texas County, Missouri, and departed this life on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Ozarks Community Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, following an extended illness. He was 88 years, 6 months, and 26 days of age.
Bert grew up on the family farm north of Mtn. Grove, Missouri. He attended Mtn. Grove School and graduated from Mtn. Grove High School in 1943 where he excelled in agriculture classes. Following high school, he served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He served in Italy for two years and was honorably discharged on June 2, 1946.
He was united in marriage to Elsia “Jewell” Hicks on January 31, 1947. They made their home for twenty years on the family farm before moving to Mtn. Grove several years ago.
Bert worked on his farm and later became a milk hauler and then a field manager for Mid-America Dairy in Cabool, Missouri. He retired from Mid-AM and worked several years for Lynn Hurtt at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home as a driver.
Bert was a longtime member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove. He loved his church and church family very much and served as a church trustee. He also served on the Mtn. Grove Christian Academy board for several years. The Christian Academy was very important to him and he was very thankful that Mtn. Grove had a Christian school, because he felt this was the answer for the area children.
Bert was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and neighbor. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Bert liked to hunt, fish and play golf with his family and friends. He just couldn’t find enough time with his busy schedule to enjoy them.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, David Dane Spurgeon, and one brother, Rev. Russel Bea Spurgeon.
Bert is survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Jewell Spurgeon of their home; two sons, Thomas Eugene Spurgeon and Patt Satterfield of Springfield, Missouri, and James Rodney Spurgeon and wife Janie Dean (Rose) Spurgeon of Savannah, Tennessee; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Jo (Jarvie) Spurgeon of Casey, Illinois; one sister-in-law, Margaret “Elaine” (Shorter) Spurgeon-Caskey and husband Robert “Bob” Caskey of Mtn. Grove; nine grandchildren, Donnie Ray Spurgeon, Timothy Eugene Spurgeon, Colleen Renee Spurgeon, Jennifer Pauline Spurgeon, Sheldon Joe Spurgeon and wife Mandy (Kendel) Spurgeon, Dustin Shane Spurgeon, Samantha Jo Spurgeon, Lori Summer (Spurgeon) Blakey, and husband George Blakey, and Brandon James Spurgeon and wife Alexandra Jeanette (Iacampo) Spurgeon; ten great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Hunter Spurgeon, Cameron Xyaver Blakey, Hanna Ordreia Blakey, Isabella Orin Blakey, Gavin Lucian Blakey, Ryan Michael Spurgeon, Myah Eve Spurgeon, Michael James Spurgeon, Abigail Jeanette Spurgeon, Marcus Joel Spurgeon and Isaac Jude Spurgeon; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives, church family and friends.
Funeral services for Elbert “Bert” Spurgeon will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the First Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Pinkerton and Rev. Curtis Satterfield officiating. Song selections will be “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “I Talked To My Father For You,” and “Beyond The Sunset.” Ray Bradley, Edna Ammons and Bruce Moore will serve as singers. Sandra Phelps will serve as musician. Pallbearers will be Tom Cooley, Mike Mathews, Paul Harker, Joe Robertson, Dave Ammons, and Donnie Ray Spurgeon. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Gasperson, Bill Dickinson, Morton Phelps, Dave Dewing, Larry Ragsdale, Chuck Harmon, Clifford Pope, Bob Towe, Max Walker and Jim Thornhill. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post 30 on the church parking lot following the service. Burial will be in Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield on Friday, June 28, at 10:00 a.m. under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.