OBITUARY

Emeritus Deacon Henry Speights Jr.

November 15, 1938December 4, 2018

Emeritus Deacon Henry Speights, Jr., the first-born child of the Late Dr. Henry Speights, Sr. and the Late Frances Elizabeth Turner, was born November 15, 1938 in Jacksonville, FL.

Mr. Speights attended the public schools in Jacksonville, graduating from New Stanton Sr. High, Class of 1957. He furthered his education by attending Jones Business College and Florida Community College of Jacksonville, matriculating in the fields of business and welding certifications.

Mr. Speights enlisted in the United States Army; and after three dedicated years of service in Germany, he was discharged with a 100% service connected disability. After his discharge, he was employed with Napa Auto Parts where he retired after 35 years of service in counter sales.

Mr. Speights was a dedicated member of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church for over sixty years. His present pastorate leadership is Bishop R. W. McKissick, Jr., and Bishop R. W. McKissick, Sr. Emeritus. Mr. Speights gave dedicated service in the following areas: Assistant Deacon Board, Deacon Board, Young Adult Choir, Male Chorus, Usher Board, Boy Scouts, and Tutorial Ministry. He was a member of Fla Jax Club, New Stanton Class of ‘57, 100 Black Men, and The Jacksonville Mules.

Henry is preceded in death by his father, mother, and sisters Bobbie Jean Speights and Jacqueline Turner Wright.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Wilhelmenia E. Speights; son, Henry L. Speights (Kishori Love, Fiancé); Daughters, Minister Robyne L. Speights Fluckers (Clarence Jr.), Sonya L. Speights; Grandchildren, Demyra Ravyne Payne, Michael F. Payne, Jr., Danyelle S. Payne, Christian A. Payne, Aja C. Payne, & Cameron L. Speights; Godmother, Mrs. Dorothy Sweet; Brothers, Eric Speights, James Speights, Anthony Turner, Perry Gray, & Terry Gray; Sister, Monet Speights; Cousins, Sharon Speights Sellers (CSM Henry), Neil Frink (Joyce), Brian Speights, Earl Clark (Ella) and the entire Speights, Clark, King, Putman, Wright, and McKissick families; Godchildren, Jasmine Jenkins, Marquis Fowler (Cicely), Alicia Ricks (Tavares), and Josh J. Linder (Ashley) and the entire Jenkins, Linder, Stafford, McCoy, and Davis families; and dearest friends, Julius and Mae Fowler.

A Celebration of Henry's Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 14th in Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville FL with Bishop R.W. McKissick, Jr. Pastor and Bishop R.W. McKissick, Sr. Emeritus Pastor as Officiants. The Committal Service will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 27th at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL in Lane 3.

Memorial contributions preferred to The Parkinson’s Foundation, https://parkinson.org/ways-to-give, or to UNICEF K.I.N.D., https://donate.unicefusa.org/page/contribute/be-k-i-n-d-to-a-student-in-malawi-donate-a-desk-or-scholarship-16081.

Services

14 December

Celebration of Life

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

215 Bethel Baptist St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

27 December

Committal Service

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Jacksonville National Cemetery

4083 Lannie Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32218

REMEMBERING

Emeritus Deacon Henry Speights Jr.

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Kimberly Brinson

December 9, 2018

I met Henry a few times with his beautiful wife, Menia. I call her Doc because we worked together for many years. To know Doc, you know Henry because she spoke of him often, and it was always with love and adoration. They went nice places to celebrate their love, and Henry showered her with nice things because he loved her. I enjoyed hearing Doc talk about Henry. She was always animated and the look in her eyes told of their love story. I know he was a good man who loved his wife and treasured his family. Heaven gained a good man who is once again healed and resting with people that he loved.

Tommy Rodgers

December 8, 2018

Mr. Speights welcomed me into his home several times and was a great father and leader. We are all better men and fathers because of his example. Prayers to Dr. Speights, Robin, Sonya and Nard!

Gloria Mendez

December 8, 2018

May his soul and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.

Anna Hoffmeister

December 7, 2018

I send prayers of peace and healing to your family. I never had the honor of knowing you personally but have had the honor of knowing your son Henry for years. He's a fine man I know your proud . May you fly with the angels and have peace knowing your family will be cared for always by Jesus and the love they share for you.

Roosevelt & Shirlene Williams

December 7, 2018

Sorry for your loss,your family's are in my prayers...may Lord's continue cover you in blood Jesus...

FROM THE FAMILY