Dale Spears


Dale Spears, 74, of Columbus, died at 5:52 p.m. Friday, November 4, 2016, at Columbus Regional Hospital Emergency Room.

Mr. Spears was born August 26, 1942, in Columbus, to Melvin E. and Beatrice McDaniel Spears.

He married Shirley Denny March 17, 1963. He later married Janice S. Lawles Taylor March 26, 1976.

Dale was a U.S. Navy veteran and was the retired owner of Neal Bait Manufacturing.

An avid boxer, Dale was a PAL boxing coach for 27 years and he was a life time member of Indiana Golden Gloves. He enjoyed fishing and watching cooking programs.

Survivors include his wife, Janice; children, Lisha Branum of Columbus, Larry Taylor Jr. (Bobie Riggs) of Martinsville, Louann (Ray) Vaught of Nashville, Teresa Spears (Tony Irvin) of Columbus, Jeff (Melissa) Spears of Columbus and Larry (Angela) Taylor III of Franklin; grandchildren, Justin Branum, Bolarr, Carter, Jordison and Lydia Taylor, Kyle , Brittany and Sierra Vaught, Johnny Cutsinger, Nastassia Powers, Chris and Jana Anderson, Seth and Shelby Spears, Chelsey and Levi England, Alyssa Kinworthy and Cade Bryant; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Joanie Schooler and Janie (Jack) Mullis of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jonathon Dale Spears; a brother; and three sisters.

The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday. Burial will be at Bethel Baptist Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children Burn Care.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Spears family at barkesweaverglick.com.