OBITUARY

Teddy Ray Spivey

July 1, 1927December 7, 2012

Distinguished scholar, professor and prolific writer Dr. Ted R Spivey, 85, of Saint Simons Island and Atlanta, GA, died Friday, December 7, 2012 of complications from many health problems. He was born July 1, 1927 to Pearl Sumner and Ted R Spivey of Swainsboro, GA. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Julia Douglass Spivey. He retired as Regent's Professor of English from Georgia State University where for many years he taught Southern and modern British literature which introduced him to friendships with notable scholars and authors Joseph Campbell, Walker Percy and well known Georgians Flannery O'Connor and Conrad Aiken. He maintained a lively conversation and correspondence with them over the years. In Sally Fitzgeralds book of Flannery's letters, "Habit of Being" included some of her most introspective letters to him covering philosophy, religion and Catholicism, a subject of keen interest to her. The depth of Dr. Spivey's knowledge of history, philosophy and literature was extensive. Dr. Spivey was a veteran of The US Navy, serving during WWII. He then returned to Emory University where he received his degree in Journalism and was member of Kappa Alpha order and editor of The Wheel, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He received his PhD and taught at the University of Minnesota. Upon returning to GA, he first taught at his alma mater Emory, later at Georgia State University where he became Regents Professor of English. Over the years he wrote 24 books and over 100 academic essays for scholarly journals. He is listed in The Dictionary of American Biography . He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and those members attending will be pallbearers. In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughter Mary Spivey Cashin (Edward), granddaughters Julia and Amy; his son John Andrew Spivey (Doreen); his sister Mrs. Jay Youngblood (Deene) and his aunt Mrs JL Hutchinson (Billie) both of Swainsboro; his sister-in-law, Mrs. Terrell W. Hill (Paula). Funeral service will be at Christ Church Frederica Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3PM with a graveside service at 12PM Tuesday December 11, 2012 in Swainsboro City Cemetery.

At a later date a memorial service will be held in Atlanta, GA. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.edomillerandsons.com

Services

  • Committal Service Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 17, 2012
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Brown's

December 16, 2012

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish his memories. May the God who gives peace be with you all.-RO.15:33

ROB

December 13, 2012

To the Spivey family and friends, we are sorry for the lost of your love one,May
the family fine comfort at this time.

G. Freeman

December 12, 2012

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

EG

December 12, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

December 12, 2012

My condolences goes out to the family. May God comfort and strengthen your family during this time.-1 Cor. 1:3,4

December 10, 2012

Mary,
I was so privileged to met and get to talk to your father on several occasions. I know you will miss him greatly.
Rock and Cathy

LP

December 10, 2012

May the GOD who comforts all comfort you in your time of pain and grief. (2corinth. 1:3) May your fond memories of him bring you comfort and peace.

December 9, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Charlotte Hudgins

December 9, 2012

Dear Mary and Family, What a man your Dad was. I know how proud you must be to have a father such as he was. He serve our country and his family in such a proud way. Thanks for sharing. Praying for you during this time.