OBITUARY

Tommy Bell Spivey

November 19, 1944March 6, 2018
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On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Tommy B. Spivey, husband, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away at the age of 73. He will be forever remembered by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Spivey; his sister Minnie Spivey, and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, and dear friends. A native of Fort Pierce, FL, Tommy graduated from Lincoln Park Academy and furthered his education at North Carolina A&T with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He was also a member of the Persian Rifles, an ROTC air force fraternity, during his college career. He then received a master’s degree in distance learning and curriculum design from Capella University. In 1968, he accepted a position as a science teacher in North Hampton County, VA where he also met and married his wife Barbara. The two of them moved to Florida where Tom began his career working with the State of Employment Services in Fort Pierce, Florida. He then transferred to the guidance department at Indian River Community College (now known as Indian River State College) where he counseled foreign students from across the globe. He retired from IRSC in December 2007. Tommy’s interests and pursuits included fishing, cooking, technology, and most of all, travelling. He and his wife travelled extensively, cruising to, and exploring many countries throughout Europe and the Caribbean Islands. Tommy was a member of Morningside Church, where messages by Pastor Dr. Tom Crawford influenced his gift of kindness to the world. Tommy is preceded in death by his father, Lonnie B. Spivey, his mother, Florene P. Spivey, his brother Marcellus Spivey and his sisters, Emma Spivey Reeves and Lonnie Taylor Bullock.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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Dale Hayes

March 9, 2018

Tommy Spivey was one of the finest people with whom I’ve had the privilege of working. His kindness to students and his colleagues is something I will always remember. And that laugh...we’ve all been remembering his laugh which was so infectious you couldn’t help but laugh with him. His laugh was pure joy. All of us who worked with Tommy in Advising at IRSC have been sharing some wonderful stories the past couple of days. Our hearts are heavy but at the same time we are all so grateful for having had the chance to know him. My deepest sympathy to Tommy’s family. Thank you for sharing him with all of us for so many years.

Mary Locke

March 9, 2018

My deepest sympathies to Tommy’s family. It was a pleasure to work with him for many years at IRSC. I wil always remember Tommy as a gentle and caring soul, who strived to guide students toward success. He influenced many lives in a positive direction, and will be missed.

Kathie Walters

March 9, 2018

Tommy......we spent many hours at IRSC.
You will always be in my heart. You will be missed my friend💝

Betty Hall

March 9, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Tommy. My sympathies and prayers go out to your family. Tommy was always so helpful when we worked together at IRCC. He was truly a caring person and will be missed by all who knew him. May God bless him.

Scott and Kathie Walters

March 9, 2018

Tommy......we were sadened to hear of your passing. We spent many hours together at IRSC. You will always be in our heart.

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Biography

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Tommy B. Spivey, husband, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away at the age of 73. He will be forever remembered by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Spivey; his sister Minnie Spivey, and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, and dear friends.
A native of Fort Pierce, FL, Tommy graduated from Lincoln Park Academy and furthered his education at North Carolina A&T with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He was also a member of the Persian Rifles, an ROTC air force fraternity, during his college career. He then received a master’s degree in distance learning and curriculum design from Capella University. In 1968, he accepted a position as a science teacher in North Hampton County, VA where he also met and married his wife Barbara. The two of them moved to Florida where Tom began his career working with the State of Employment Services in Fort Pierce, Florida. He then transferred to the guidance department at Indian River Community College (now known as Indian River State College) where he counseled foreign students from across the globe. He retired from IRSC in December 2007.
Tommy’s interests and pursuits included fishing, cooking, technology, and most of all, travelling. He and his wife travelled extensively, cruising to, and exploring many countries throughout Europe and the Caribbean Islands. Tommy was a member of Morningside Church, where messages by Pastor Dr. Tom Crawford influenced his gift of kindness to the world.
Tommy is preceded in death by his father, Lonnie B. Spivey, his mother, Florene P. Spivey, his brother Marcellus Spivey and his sisters, Emma Spivey Reeves and Lonnie Taylor Bullock.