Joseph Morris Spence, Sr.

August 31, 1948 ~ January 5, 2022 (age 73)


And then one day
We'll all cross that river
And fight life's final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He reigns
Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know, I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives...


It is with great sadness that we stand with the Spence and connecting families to announce the passing of Mr. Joseph Morris Spence, Sr. who entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, January 5, 2020 at Virginia Beach General Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Celebration of Life Services will take place on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 11:00am at Towne South Church of Christ in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. A walk-through viewing will take place on Friday, January 7, 2022 at the funeral home from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Interment will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.


Joseph Morris Spence, Sr was born to the late Aaron Edward Spence and Bessie Irene Lowry
Spence on August 31, 1948. He is preceded in death by the late Laura Jane Malone Spence.
To this union was born four children: Joseph (Iesha) Spence; Kem (Tammie) Spence; Kenya
(Troy) Reid; Daniel (Michelle) Spence all of Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Morris was a devoted father, grandfather, brother, cousin, friend. Morris was a hero to
many, his positive influence on everyone affected all that knew him. Morris loved working with
his hands and retired from construction work in 1984. After retiring, he formed a business with
his brother Welt called “The hardy able construction crew”..LOL From that business Morris
transferred his skills to his sons and revamped the business to “All Decked Out”...(smile) where
they build decks all over Elizabeth City. Morris was known as the family mathematician and
historian. He remembered all things dealing with numbers. If you needed any past history, you
could “ask Morris”.
Morris gave his life to the Lord at an early age at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church
where he remained a member until his death. Morris diligently served the Lord through his
voice. He loved singing and loved his family. Morris often cooked for his family. Daddy we are
going to miss your fish, sweet pickles, peanuts, sausage, and cooked wildlife. His grandchildren
enjoyed him cooking the Spence traditional Sunday breakfast consisting of pork chops,
macaroni, and sweet potato biscuits.
Morris is preceded in death by the following sibling’s Johnny Spence, Edward (Daisy)
Spence, Alexander Spence, Gracie Walker, Welton Spence, Halla Rose Sylvester, June Faye
Morris leaves to cherish: Eloise Taylor, Theresa(Tyrone) Williams, Annie
(William)Gardner, Marietta (Kenneth)Townsend, Clement (Sylvia) Spence. 18 grandchildren that
affectionately called him Pop-Pop; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Adkins Memorial Funeral Home has been charged to serve the Spence family with profound excellence during the passing of their loved one.

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January 7, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alvin M. Griffin Chapel
1905 North Road Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Funeral Service
January 8, 2022

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

Interment following funeral service
January 8, 2022

Memory Gardens Cemetery
Northside Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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