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Virgil Spaulding, beloved husband, father, brother and son, departed this world and entered his heavenly home Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.
He passed almost one year to the death of his beloved wife, Billye Jo Burns Spaulding and his funeral will be on that date, Nov. 20. The providential nature of these facts gives great comfort to the family.
Virgil was born Dec. 6, 1933, in Wayne, W.Va., the son of John B. Spaulding, and Muriel Mills Spaulding.
He was preceded him in death by his parents; three brothers, Charles Vernon Spaulding, Donald Lee Spaulding and Johnny Ray Spaulding, and one sister, Jean Pennington Spaulding.
Virgil was an excellent athlete and a 1952 graduate of Thomas R. Brown High School in Catlettsburg. It was at Thomas R. Brown where he met the love of his life, Billye Jo. They wed on Sept 4, 1952, and were married for 64 years.
For 42 years, Virgil was employed as a millwright at Armco's Ashland Works (later AK Steel), where he retired in 1995. He was a member of Kenova United Methodist Church for 25 years.
Virgil was a gifted woodworker, carpenter and artist, and after his retirement he enjoyed golf and baking and cooking. Virgil also loved to spend time with former classmates.
Virgil loved his family.
He is survived by his son, David Virgil Spaulding and wife Carmen of Paintsville; a daughter, Denise Spaulding of Catlettsburg; a brother-in-law Dan Burns and wife Marti Salvato of St. George's, Grenada; a sister-in-law, Pam Burns of Louisville; and various nephews and nieces.
The family wishes to acknowledge lifelong friends, Tally Wechsler, the late Bill Wechsler and the Shepherd Family, with special thanks to Kay.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101; or Kenova United Methodist Church, 15th St., Kenova, WV 25530.
The funeral and visitation will be Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Neal Funeral Home, 2409 Center St., in Catlettsburg.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and funeral will be at 1 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com
Published on November 18, 2017
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