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Obituary: Forrest "Spanky" Spurgeon, Seymour

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Forrest “Spanky” Spurgeon, age 68, of Seymour, died at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born August 16, 1944, in Seymour, he was the son of Herschel and Edna (Hallett) Spurgeon. On October 26, 1969, in Bedford, Kentucky, he married Delphine Adams.

Mr. Spurgeon graduated from Seymour High School in 1962 and enjoyed going to class reunions and visiting with classmates. He retired from Cummins Engine Company on January 1, 2001, after 35 years of service. Forrest was a lifetime member of the Seymour First Nazarene Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher for boys and was a children’s church helper and usher, among other tasks. He and Delphine served the missionary side of the church and went on several mission trips to such places as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Forrest took a huge interest in the church kids and encouraged them to attend church camps.

He served the United States as a National Guard reservist for 6 years, serving at several bases around the country. Forrest enjoyed being outside and working with his wood stove, had a huge interest in Allis Chalmers tractors and dearly loved his animals, especially Buttons and his current dog, Ponto.

His family remembers him being a very sensitive man who had a huge heart.

Survivors include his wife, Delphine; a son, Damon (Irishe) Spurgeon of Columbus; a daughter, Danielle Spurgeon of Seymour; a sister, Carol Spurgeon of Seymour; an aunt, Nona Jaynes of Seymour; and several cousins.

Forrest was preceded in death by his parents and several uncles and aunts.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15, at Seymour First Nazarene Church, 311 Myers Lane in Seymour, with Pastors Steve Greene and Bryan Solomon officiating. A visitation will be held at the church Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until service time Saturday. Burial will follow the services at Ackeret’s Chapel Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the World Evangelism Fund for the Church of the Nazarene or for funeral expenses, in care of Woodlawn Family Funeral, which has been entrusted with arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed through the funeral home Web site,


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