Jerry Lane Spencer

Jerry Lane Spencer

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Jerry Lane Spencer, 78, of Salisbury, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury NC.

Jerry was born October 29, 1939 in Hickory to the late Ralph and Violet (Hunt) Spencer. He graduated from St. Stephens High School in 1958 and Lenoir Rhyne College in 1967. He served as a Radio Traffic Analyst in the US Air Force Security Service from 1958 to 1962. He worked as a Radio Announcer for WIRC and WHKY in Hickory, as well as during his time in the Air Force. Jerry retired from a career as a Pharmaceutical Salesman for Wyeth Laboratories and was one of the leading salesmen in his region for over 30 years, winning numerous awards. On March 12, 1965, he married Linda Ann Hunsucker in Conover, NC and together they had three children. Jerry was a lifelong Christian and devoted himself to serving his church and family.  He had a love of music and singing and was part of the St John’s Men’s Chorus in Salisbury.  He enjoyed nature and spending time in the outdoors, hiking and gardening. He also enjoyed reading and spending time with his children and granddaughter.  To Jerry, his greatest accomplishment in life was raising his three children to love and serve the Lord and live a Christian life.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Linda Spencer of Salisbury; two sons, Shawn Lane Spencer and Shane Lee Spencer, both of Lexington; daughter, Leah (Spencer) Penninger and husband William of Leland; and granddaughter, Elli Josephine Penninger.  He is also survived by sisters, Miriam Queen of Hickory; Paulette Evans and husband Larry of Hickory; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Vonda Poovey of Hickory, NC.

The family will receive friends on December 2, 2017 from 10-11:30 am at Union Lutheran Church, 4770 Bringle Ferry Rd. Salisbury, NC 28146. There will be a memorial service following the visitation beginning at 11:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or by calling 1-800-708-7644.

Carolina Cremation is assisting the Spencer family. Online condolences may be made at


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  1. Carrie Helton says:

    My continued prayers are for your family and deepest condolences.

  2. Janie Rollins says:

    Linda and family:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. We have missed Jerry at our Men’s Chorus rehearsals. We spoke of him and lifted him up in prayer each week. Peace and blessings to your family…Janie

  3. Susan Musselman says:

    Dear Linda and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Jerry is such a special person and is with our Lord of that we can be sure. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Susan and Erik Musselman
    1 Peter 3:18

  4. Tony Brown and Jan says:

    It was our sorrow to read that Mr. Spencer had passed. I am so thankful that I was able to talk to both of you in the hospital hallway. I am praying for you Ms. Spencer and your family.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Sincere regards,
    Tony Brown and wife Jan

  5. David & Doris Jean(Hedrick)Mettert says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to Linda and family. It was our sorrow to read of Jerry’s passing. We remember of the possibility of your family living in Indiana when Jerry had an offer from Eli Lilly at Indianapolis. Jerry gave his Aunt Pearle a visit at the Atlanta airport when she had a long lay over. As kids when we visited N.C. he was in the mix of our fun in the woods and creek. Jerry will be missed but is now receiving his reward from God. Comfort , Peace and Blessings to all.