John Baker White Spangler, Jr.

John Baker White Spangler, Jr.

November 4, 1935 - December 7, 2018

John Baker White Spangler, Jr., 83, of London, KY, passed away Friday, December 7, 2018, at his home.  Born November 4, 1935, in Louisville, KY, he was the son of the late John Baker White Spangler and Ruth Gorbandt Spangler.

In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Fayetta Spangler.

He attended Valley High School in Louisville and later in 1957 received his B.A. Degree from Murray State University.  He was member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.  After college he honored his draft status and was sent to France during the Cold War era.  After he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he was recalled from the reserves for the Cuban Missile Crisis.  He worked for State Farm Insurance Company for 36 years from 1962 – 1998.  A member of the Methodist Church, he attended Felts Chapel Church.  He was also a member of the Hugh Harris Masonic Lodge Number 938.  

He leaves behind his wife, Terry Jean Nelson Coffman Spangler; his son, John B. Spangler III; step-children: Toni Malachoski (Brian); Kenny Weaver (Kathy), Courtney Coffman (Wendy); and Holly Wilson (Corey); and grandchildren: Sam and Rachel Malachoski, and Chance Coffman.  He is also survived by other relatives and numerous friends. 

A celebration of life will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Hart Funeral Home located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin.  Burial will follow at Cumberland Memorial Gardens with military honors by the American Legion Honor Guard Post 88.

A man who thoroughly enjoyed life and interaction with people, he especially liked boating, golfing, and hiking.  He also enjoyed spending the winters at his home in Venice, FL.   He will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

  • Sonny and Gail Favaloro
    Posted at 00:42h, 11 December Reply

    Terri we are so sorry for your loss . I only knew John for a short while he was a wonderful man . We are here for you if you should need anything . God will take good care of him until we meet again .

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 11:59h, 12 December Reply

    Sorry for your lost of John Spangler Jr.
    Just by reading this obituary I can tell John was a good man.Losing a loved one is never easy.The Bible gives us some comfort in Revelations 21:4 where it says that:”God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away. Again my sincere condolences for your family at this time.

  • herwood (Proctor) Burress
    Posted at 04:15h, 15 December Reply

    Dear John,(AND Terry),

    So glad for your successes life…from one fellow foreign service army veteran to another. Thank you for your service. I was in Japan and you in Europe. I think again…always will…of Homer Nicholas’ fondness for you. All three of us may have gone completely through Mill Creek School in Shively later graduating from Valley High School!

    Again, Homer was so very fond of you. Before Homer died in 1972 he indicated that could come to Hodgenville and live in an apartment on Mt. Gilead plantation in Hodgenville should you ever need to.

    Homer was a remarkable classmate of ours. His enormously successful father put up the first $5 million dollars for the construction of Southeast Church in Middletown. I recall calling you so that we attended Homer’s funeral at First Baptist in Hodgenville.

    So sorry at your passing. And sorry that I missed the service this past Wednesday…confused on the date.

    Would hope to see you again if possible. Hugs to Terry and John and your fellow Masons that hold you in such high esteem.

    With sorrow and regret, Mill Creek Grade School And Valley High, Class of 1953.

    Rest In Peace, Sherwood Burress 320 Deerfield Lane, Lexington, Ky 40511

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