Charles Hughes Spurlock Jr.

April 17, 1953November 13, 2013

Charles Hughes Spurlock, Jr., 60, passed away peacefully at home on November 12, 2013. Chuck was born on April 17, 1953 in Nashville, TN. He was a graduate of McCallie High School in Chattanooga, TN. He received his BA in History and Religion from Duke University and a Master's Degree in European History from Vanderbilt University. After teaching high school and college in Georgia, Chuck's political career began when he joined the re-election campaign of Governor Guy Hunt in Alabama as Organization Director. Following a successful campaign, he served the Governor as Appointments Secretary. Next, he was called to Tennessee to assemble Fred Thompson's successful campaign for US Senate. Later that year, he returned to Alabama as Finance Director for Robin Swift's gubernatorial bid. After the primary, he led Jeff Sessions' campaign in his race for Attorney General, and then eventually the United States Senate. Chuck has been Senator Sessions' State Director for 17 years. Chuck was an avid student of history, and through his profession, became a passionate teacher of history and politics leading him to be a favorite guest lecturer for many organizations throughout the state. His involvement in Alabama politics was deep and will be remembered by all who knew him. Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Charles Hughes Spurlock, Sr. Chuck is survived by his wife of 16 years, Phyllis Fulford Spurlock; his daughter Jan Davis; grandchildren, Phillip Davis and Shelby Davis of Montgomery, AL; his mother, Virginia Spurlock of Nashville, TN; his brother John Spurlock (Julie) of Thousand Oaks, CA; sister Dianne Winstead (John) of Goodlettsville, TN; brother, Jeff Spurlock (Amy) of Troy, AL; sister, Stacy Robbins (Kevin) of Frankfort, KY and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15th at the First United Methodist Church at 2416 W Cloverdale Park, Montgomery, AL at 10:00 a.m. A service will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the main sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, Box 3624 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710, Attn: Ellen Stainback or First United Methodist Church, 2416 West Cloverdale Park, Montgomery, AL 36106.


  • Visitation Friday, November 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 15, 2013

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April 17, 2014

Thinking of Chuck on this day.

Neal Morrison

January 28, 2014

He was a great teacher, terrific debate coach and friend. He was certainly one of the most influential people in my life. I regret not staying in better touch with him over the years and extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Monty (Childs) Kapavik

January 4, 2014

May God bless and strengthen the Spurlock family. I am so sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of playing football with the whole Spurlock clan in y'all's backyard. May the God of peace, comfort and righteousness be your hope.

Denise Spurlock

November 18, 2013

My thoughts, prayers and deep sympathy go out to the Charles Hughes Spurlock Jr. family. R.I.P. I will never forget his laughter.

Mike Winter

November 18, 2013

God Bless Chuck Spurlock. I am very sorry for his family's loss.

Chuck was living proof that one could do well by doing good. He was a first-class and kind soul -- who was a man in the finest sense of that word.

Sharon Cardwell Samms

November 17, 2013

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

Sharon Cardwell Samms

November 17, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear of Chuck's death, but I know he is being held in the loving arms of Jesus where there is no pain and suffering, only love, peace and joy. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I'll never forget growing up and playing together as kids. I have wonderful childhood memories of us. Love, Sharon

David Braithwaite

November 16, 2013

He was a great friend of mine. He and I did all kinds of things we ought not have in the 70's but maybe the best was a vaca we took to his family's country house in Tennessee. Take the highway from Nashville towards Memphis and get off at the Buck Snort Trout Farm exit. We lay by the pool and played aggressive croquet on the manicured lawn. Throw in horseshoes, ping pong and some twelve hour WWII board games and we managed to fill two weeks. Oh, and blare The Last Waltz from the rooftop over the pool while the neighbor's wife tended her garden. We'd drive up to Hilton Head for the beach and I'd drive with the deal that he would tell a story from some history lesson he was teaching. Best was his short version of why WWI broke out. Later in Alabama we played golf together. He loved to walk and carry his clubs which on the hilly course was no fun- for me, anyway. Never knew he had a heart issue or cancer. Great, good guy.

Rodney Cohen

November 16, 2013

He was a passionate and inspiring teacher at Savannah Country Day, who certainly influenced hundreds of students. I was blessed to have known him. Condolences to his family and friends.

November 16, 2013

He was a great teacher. He will be missed. Catherine Gussler