OBITUARY

Mary Tom Speer Reid

June 13, 1925September 16, 2014
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Born in Double Springs, Alabama, on June 13, 1925, Mary Tom Speer Reid is the youngest daughter of GT “Dad” Speer and Lena Darling Brock “Mom” Speer. Mary Tom spent many years performing with the Speer Family prior marrying the Reverend Robert “Bob” Reid in 1954. She left the group to support her husband’s ministry and raise her family of three children: Teresa Ann Reid Fontaine (1955), Cynthia Lee Reid (1958), and Timothy Scott Reid (1960). They moved to Ohio in 1961 where they lived and pastored until Bob’s death in December of 1968. After the untimely death of her husband, Mary Tom and children moved back to Nashville in 1969. She returned to the Speer Family on a limited basis for special concert appearances in the early 1980’s and continued to appear with the Speers until the retirement of the group. Mary Tom has also been a staff member of the Ben Speer’s Stamps-Baxter School of Music, secretary for Ben Speer Music, and quite active in the Gaither Homecoming Series. Led by family patriarch George Thomas Speer (1891-1966), the Singing Speer Family was a well-known gospel group with its origins in Alabama. George Thomas "Dad" Speer, Lena Brock "Mom" Speer, and their children, Brock, Rosa Nell, Mary Tom, and Ben, were all part of the family group at some point. With the onset of the Great Depression in 1929, the G. T. Speer Family moved to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Speer made a living as an insurance salesman and a singing-school teacher. In 1934, Speer took a job with the James D. Vaughan Music Publishing Company of Lawrenceburg and blossomed as a music teacher and songwriter. He co-wrote many of his songs at that time with Adger Pace, who wrote the lyrics for Speer's compositions as well as for many other gospel writers who published songs for the Vaughan Company. G. T. Speer wrote or co-wrote more than 600 songs. The group was popular for much of the latter half of the twentieth century, appearing on radio and television shows in Alabama and Tennessee and making more than 60 recordings. The Speer Family was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame in 1998. Mary Tom Speer Reid was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame in 2006. Mrs. Reid is survived by sister, Rosa Nell Speer Powell; brother, Ben Lacy Speer; daughters Teri Reid Fontaine and her husband Shannon, Cynthia Lee Reid, son Timothy Scott Reid and wife Pamela; grandchildren Megan Louise (Reid) Layne and her husband Donald Layne, Meredith Lindsey Reid, Marissa Lee Reid, Allyson Rose Fontaine, John Robert Fontaine and Anna Lee Reid; great-grandsons Gavin Scott Layne and Liam Matthew Reid. Gathering of family and friends will be on Friday, September 19, 2014 from four o’clock until eight o’clock at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN. In Lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Stamps Baxter Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 40201, Nashville, TN 37204 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 4825 Trousdale Dr, Nashville, TN 37220 Visit the online obituary: www.woodlawn-roesch-pattonfh.com

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  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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NIA

March 22, 2015

I truly miss Mary and fixing her hair at Bethany.

lisi Jones

March 2, 2015

She was such a reminder of my God fearing Musical Grandmother and she looked so much as my late BFF's Grandma "Linda"and I loved to watch her sing "He still Cares For You".She passed one month and one day later I see.God Bless The Entire Family!

Jimmy Mathews

February 5, 2015

Our heartfelt sympathy to the Reid and Speer families. Miss Mary Tom was loved by all. God rest her sweet soul. May God bless you all. Jimmy C Mathews - Troy, AL

Brenda Brinck

January 2, 2015

Sorry for your loss enjoyed watching the Speer's on Gaither home coming

John H. Brantley

December 21, 2014

My love and prayers extends out to the family of Mary Speer. I really enjoyed her music with the Speer Family.

Brandon Trent

December 17, 2014

Mary Tom's music touched my life many years ago. I pray for the family as they enter this holiday season. Her voice will be missed.

Sheriena McEvers

November 27, 2014

I Just read about her death. She had such a joy on her face. An era in gospel music is nearing an end. So sad...

Jacob Koury

November 26, 2014

As a fan of the Gaither Gospel Series, it pains me to know that they have lost such a an incredible woman. She really knew how to sing. She will be greatly missed here on Earth but we know that she is with Mom, Dad, and Brock now. To Ben, Rosa, Faye, and Mary's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Louise Doherty

November 21, 2014

I thank God for the loan of this wonderful woman. Her heart-felt gospel singing was evidence of a life lived with faith and grace.

Bernice king

November 13, 2014

So very sorry to hear Mary Speer has gone home to be with the Lord prayers to the Speer family

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