Jean Latimer Spady

Published 2:00 pm Monday, December 26, 2016

Jean Latimer Spady, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at Riverside Healthy Living Community on Dec. 23, 2016, at age 91.

Jean was born on July 24, 1925 to parents Frank Moore Latimer and Mary Thelma Jordan Latimer in Isle of Wight County, where she lived most of her life.  She fell in love and married Roland Spady on Feb. 21, 1942. They shared a deep love for each other and lived together happily for 66 years until Roland passed away in 2008.  

Jean, also called “Gena” by her grandchildren and many, had a strong faith in God and was an active, long-time member of Benn’s United Methodist where she sung many years in the choir.  More recently she was a member of Uzzell’s United Methodist Church.

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Jean was a loving and nurturing influence on her entire family, of whom she was tremendously proud.  Her kindness, love, and grace endeared her to her sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as all of their spouses and many close friends.  She was a wonderful homemaker, happiest when cooking for family and friends or gardening in her flowerbeds.  She loved music and poetry, sometimes writing her own poems.  She was masterful at crochet.  She had a wonderful laugh, which her family and friends will remember fondly.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Roland L. Spady, son, R. Dean Spady and brother, Frank Douglas Latimer. 

She is survived by sons R. Douglas Spady and wife Wilma and Bernard L. Spady and wife Judy; daughter-in-law Sue S. Spady; and seven grandchildren, Rhonda Chaffin and husband Todd, Stacy Torrence and husband Shane, Kim Spady, Chad Spady and wife Vanessa, Ryan Spady, Richard Spady and wife Michelle and Chris Spady and wife Marissa. She was blessed also with 11 great-grandchildren, Cody Todd Chafin, Connor Lee Chaffin, Ava Jordan Torrence, Carter Elizabeth Torrence, Windsor Ann Torrence, Michael Lee Spady, Addyson Jean Spady, Peyton Claire Spady, Matthew Dean Spady, Barrett Ryland Spady and Charlotte Else Spady. She is also survived by brother-in-law, Bruce R. Spady and nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Willow Creek at Riverside Healthy Living Community for their compassion and care for Jean. We would also like to thank Debbie Boyd for her services.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (disease and related disorders), 6350 Center Dr., Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26 at Colonial Funeral Home in Carrollton.  A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 in the funeral home with the Rev. Raymond Bunn officiating. Jean’s grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers. A brief graveside service will follow at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Smithfield.

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton, VA.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at