Willie May Spain, born May 3, 1920, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2018. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was preceded in death by her parents Charles F. Walters and Annie Myrtle Walters, and her husband Charles Spain. Willie May was a devout lifelong member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by her three children Charles Spain, Jr. (Judy), James Spain (Sissy), and Patricia Meginniss (Andy); her grandchildren Frank Spain (Kim), Jimmy Spain, Johnny Spain, and Rachel Trombley (Mike); her great-grandchildren Madison, Sydney, Tai, Zack, Zoey, and J.J.
Willie May and her twin sister Wilma Fay Brumley were the youngest of eleven brothers and sisters. In 1959, when Willie May was just 39, her husband suffered a debilitating auto accident, leaving him permanently disabled. Along with raising her 3 children, she attended to him for 33 years until his death in 1992.
Willie May loved westerns: the books, the movies and the television shows. If the TV was on, it was always tuned to the Western Channel. John Wayne and “Walker, Texas Ranger” were high on her list of favorites. She kept her mind active with jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and if she ever involved you in a game of rummy, don’t expect to win. She also enjoyed the beach and taking boat rides in the gulf.
She was a caring person, and no one left a visit with her without a hug and an “I love you”. She often said that Jesus’ most important message to us is that we love one another, and she demonstrated that at every opportunity.
Willie May found a wonderful second family at Vestavia Church of Christ. Bill Davis often took her to dinner & provided transportation to and from church. Nikki Robinson, the church secretary whom Willie May adored, arranged transportation, visited her at Episcopal Place, making tea and reading Bible verses with her. Nikki often recorded the singing from the “Lift Up Your Voice” services and played it back on her laptop, something in which Willie May always took delight.
The family would like to express its appreciation to Episcopal Place and to her caregivers at St. Martin’s-in-the-Pines: LaToya, Quintina, Angela, Elana, Tiffany, Prince, and Eula. Very special thanks go out to her wonderful hospice nurse Valerie Wininger who went far beyond the call of duty to provide personal and loving care every step of the way. Also, we give thanks to her longterm caregivers Angela Pierce and ReeRee Odom who followed her from EP to St. Martin’s-inthe-Pines and were with her until the end.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Vestavia Church of Christ, 2325 Old Columbiana Road, Vestavia Hills, AL, at 10:00 AM with the funeral service following at 11:00 AM. A graveside service will be held that afternoon at 2:30 PM at Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Adamsville, AL.