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Official Obituary of

Dalen O’Shay Spence

May 9, 1997 ~ July 18, 2022 (age 25) 25 Years Old
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Dalen Spence Obituary

“Though the clouds may hang over, there will be a brighter day.  In that land, they call heaven, God shall wipe all tears away.  We shall behold the lamb of God sitting on the throne; there will be no more crying, no more weeping, troubles will be gone.  Hallelujah, there will be joy forever more when we reach that other shore.”

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Mr. Dalen O’Shay Spence who entered into eternal rest on Monday July, 18, 2022. 

Celebration of Life Services will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Towne South Church of Christ beginning at 11:00am. A Walk-Through Viewing will take place on Friday, July 22, 2022 at the funeral home from 5:00pm-8:00pm.



Dalen O’Shay Spence was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 9, 1997, to Daniel and Michelle Spence.
Dalen passed away on Monday July 18, 2022. Dalen grew up at Open Door Fellowship and The Mount
Elizabeth City. In 2015 Dalen became a partner at Victory Praise & Worship Center.
Dalen attended Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Schools. Dalen graduated from Pasquotank County
High School in 2015. During Dalen’s high school years, he loved athletics. Dalen was a member of the
football team, the wrestling team, and the soccer team. Dalen’s passion for soccer allowed him to play
on various soccer teams along the east coast. His love of soccer afforded him to attend Mid-Atlantic
University for a brief time. In 2017 Dalen joined The United States Navy as an Aviation Ordnanceman.
Dalen’s boatmates enjoyed his comical company which made him a great shipmate. Dalen worked as a
brick mason.
Dalen was a great father to Alana and Mailo. The love he had for Alana and Mailo was evident with his
devotion to them. He enjoyed making them smile and providing for them. Dalen was a protective
brother to Maiya Danielle Spence & Lauryn Chay Spence. Whenever Maiya or Lauryn would call to make
a request, he would tell them no, and still bring it.
Dalen loved people; his infectious smile lit up the room. His personality could change the energy in any
atmosphere. Dalen enjoyed having fun, his charismatic personality left an impact on so many people. His
heart always looked out for others. Dalen loved making you feel better in the midst of a bad day.
Dalen was keen on fashion; he didn’t mind altering his clothing to stand out. He loved wearing the latest
hats, shoes, belts and jackets. Dalen also supported many of his friends through their entrepreneurship.
Dalen posted, shared, and invested in many of his friends’ businesses. Dalen was the plug when it came
to selling sneakers.
Dalen was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph & Laura Spence, and his maternal
grandfather Arnold Carter.
Dalen leaves to cherish his loving parents Daniel & Michelle Spence of Elizabeth City, NC; a daughter
Alana Daylani Spence (Alexis Whidbee) of Charlotte, NC; a son, Mailo O’Shay Spence (Deja Johnson) of
Elizabeth City, NC; two sisters, Maiya Spence and Lauryn Spence of Elizabeth City; maternal
grandmother (Brenda Carter) of Elizabeth City, NC; Godparents Joe & Tanya Smith of Baltimore
Maryland; God-brother and God-sister, Jordyn & Jared Smith of Baltimore, Maryland; two uncles, Joseph
(Iesha) Spence, Jr, Kem (Tammie) Spence, both of Elizabeth City, NC; two aunts, Kenya (Troy) Reid of
Elizabeth City, NC , Chanay (Richard) Robbins, of Baltimore, Maryland and a host of cousins, friends, and

To the coolest guy ever, Deuce #12 we love you and we will miss you!

Adkins Memorial Funeral Home is serving the Spence Family with excellence, love and care during their time of bereavement. 

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A Walk-Through Viewing
July 22, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alvin M. Griffin Chapel
1905 North Road Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Celebration of Life
July 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Towne South Church of Christ
2224 Peartree Road
Elizabeth, NC 27909

Interment following funeral service
July 23, 2022

Memory Gardens Cemetery
Northside Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909


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