David A. Spires

August 1, 1941April 2, 2019

WEST COLUMBIA – A visitation for David A. Spires, 77, will be held at 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society, 121 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC 29209. Mr. Spires was born August 1, 1941 in Columbia, SC, and passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. He was a son of the late Nannie Lee Taylor and Carl O. Spires, Sr. He worked for Delta Airlines Air Freight for over 30 years. David enjoyed spending the weekends at his booth in the Barnyard Flea Market. Mr. Spires is survived by his children, Linda Marie Spires and Randy Spires (Julia); son-in-law, Marvin Varnadore; grandchildren, Amanda Jo Lyles (Todd), Jennifer Elaine Coetzee (Marius), David Scott Williams, Christopher Ray Wheedleton, Dallas Randolph Spires, Laurel Elizabeth Ramer and Matthew Thomas Ramer ; great-grandchildren, Austin Tyler Williams, Adrian Coetzee; siblings, Carl Otis Spires, Jr., Linda S. Etheridge and William Edward Spires and his beloved fur babies, Petunia, Lada Gaga and Renesmee. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Mattie L. Spires, and his daughter, Nancy Varnadore.


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Bill "Chip" Wellborn wellborn

April 13, 2019

Dave was a true friend and fellow worker at Delta, especially in Cargo. Plenty of common sense, mixed with sports and county music knowledge, complemented with funny stories and jokes. Dave, Rick Rivers, Leonard Harrington and I were the main characters of Delta Cargo, Columbia between 1966 and Dave's retirement. What a great joy being on Dave's Cargo Team.

James Etheridge Jr,

April 11, 2019

My uncle Ansel, my Mama's brother....always had a smile on his face & always had a kind word & a very funny story about some of our crazy family members that he grew up with(Uncle Ray)
We will miss you greatly but we know that you are with aunt Mattie & Marlene now & in no pain.

Rest easy uncle Ansel, we love you

Randy Spires

April 7, 2019

There are no words that can explain how much you mean to me. I was more than a handful. I made so many mistakes and bad decisions growing up but, you never turned your back on me. You would give me your last dollar if I needed it. I'm truly sorry for every thing I did that caused you any pain or shame. I was always proud to call you my Dad. I love you... always have, always will...

Amanda Lyles

April 6, 2019

How can I express just how much I miss you and love you. My whole life I have had the pleasure of you as not just my grandfather, but as my dad. We had so many wonderful memories together from earning my hardest earned dollar by eating that nasty slice of tomato, to helping me with my math homework that drove us crazy, and to the sights of Maggie Valley. You were there to help me when I brought Austin into this world, and got to watch me walk across the stage as I graduated, and walk down the aisle to marry the love of my life. Those will be memories that I will always cherish and keep with me forever. You provided the love I needed in so many ways. You were always my protector, my mentor, my heart.
I keep wanting to pick up the phone and call you to tell you all about my day and see how you are. I feel so empty without you here. I look forward to getting to be with you and Nana again one day. You were loved by so many people here on earth and we all miss you so much. We all needed you more than we realized and going on without you here is just so hard for all of us. Saying goodbye to you just doesn't feel right. It is breaking my heart. Please know I love you.....always and forever my sweet Papa.

Love always,
Your little sweet pea........Amanda

Jay Gramling

April 6, 2019

I met David at his flea market stall I got to know him well a finer person I have ever met I always brought him cheese crackers to his delight you left us too early

Julia Ramer

April 5, 2019

I was 'the daughter he never had,' and proud to be so. I am forever grateful for every hug, or encouraging word he gave.

He loved and cared for my daughter and considered her is other granddaughter.

No. We are not listed in his obituary. He was part of our lives for more than 18 years, and we will love him forever.

He has been and will always be family to me.

We will see you, Nana, and Nancy on the other side.

Your other family.
Julia, Laurel, Matthew and Leo