Former chief of police of Norman Park, Oscar Spires Jr., 72, of Moultrie, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at his home.
He had retired as police chief with 25 years of service and was also involved in Norman Park Recreation for many years, coaching Little League Baseball and the girls’ traveling softball Dream Team.
Spires was born June 30, 1939, in Ocilla, Ga., the son of the late Oscar Spires Sr. and Nina Mae Kimbrell Spires. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ollie Spires; one sister, Geraldine Spires; and a granddaughter, Heather Cox.
Spires is survived by his wife, Angie Roberts Spires of Moultrie; seven daughters, Linda Kaye Griffin of Tifton, Ga., Brenda Hart and husband Dennis of Tifton, Ga., Shari Lynn Spires of Omega, Chris Cox and husband Julius of Hartsfield, MaLena Mercer and husband Brady of Moultrie, MaLeah Seagroves and husband Steve of Jacksonville, Fla., and Tina Bullard and husband Lee of Moultrie; three sons, Scott Spires and wife Vickie of Sylvester, Ga., Clay Spires and wife Sherri of Thomasville, Ga., and Michael Spires of Moultrie; four brothers, Larry Spires and wife Eugenia of Norman Park, Harry Spires and wife Madis of Berlin, Bob Spires and wife Jan of Moultrie and Jim Spires of Moultrie; three sisters, Lillie Mae Hartsfield of Omega, Wanda Lott and husband Jerry of Norman Park, and Irma Jones and husband Donald of Moultrie; 28 grandchildren, Oscar, Abigail and Addison Bullard, Blaine Spires, Brittany Mitchell, Justin and Haley Cox, Gracie and Garrett Seagroves, Nathan, Charles and Alana Mercer, Tonya O’Neal, Jessica Hart, Madylyn, Karlie and Dennis Hart Jr., Tosha and Robert Pritchett, Mary and Ricky Edwards, Michaela Reilly, Alea, Kandice and Bradley Spires, Robin Griffin, Jose Moreno and Chloe Parks; 11 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Hunner, James and Gracie Pritchett, Abigail, Maddy, Hunter and Sarah Beth Edwards, Brayden Mitchell, Jessica and Kaitlyn Gibbs; and several nieces and nephews.
His family may be contacted at the residence, Antigua Place G-60 in Moultrie, and they will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Cobb Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Monday, April 30, at Lifespring Community Church with the Rev. Julian Griner officiating. Interment will follow in Deep Bottom Cemetery in Norman Park with Scott Spires, Clay Spires, Michael Spires, Lee Bullard, Garrett Seagroves and Steve Seagroves serving as casketbearers. Oscar Bullard will serve as an honorary casketbearer.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cobb Funeral Chapel, and guests may leave condolences to the family at www.moultrieobserver.com.