Northeast MS obituary

Maurice (Rutherford) Spears, 89

September 24, 1931 - December 2, 2020

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Ms. Maurice Spears, 89, transitioned on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Maurice Rutherford Spears was born September 24, 1931 to the late Charles and Alice Hill Rutherford in Blue Mountain, Mississippi. She departed this life on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Maurice Rutherford Spears was united in holy matrimony to Arthur “Bill” Wade Spears in 1950. Together they were the parents of twelve children.

Maurice worked in private homes and was a member of Zion Chapel M.B. Church.

She leaves to cherish her memories two sons; Author Lee Spears and Curtis (Sunda) Spears of New Albany, MS eight daughters; Florice (Daniel) Wade of New Albany, MS, Hattie (Gregory) Opara Nadi of Jackson, MS, Annie Bell (Junior) Rogers of New Albany, MS, Margaret Spears of Blue Mountain, MS,  Annette Spears and Catherine Spears of New Albany, MS, Mary Spears of Nashville, TN,  and Roberta (Michael) Knowles of New Albany, MS, eighteen grandchildren; Kevin McWilliams, Shermika Earl, Malcolm Spears, Jazmine Spears, Samuel Jamie Carter, Derrick Carter, Brian Opara Nadi, Christopher OparaNadi, Joseph Opara Nadi, Michael Graham, Paul Rogers, Cessily Spears, Brianna Witherspoon, Cedric Spears, Joshua Spears, Jada Spears, Adrian Spears and Halle Knowles, as well as a host of great and great great grandchildren, one sister; Mary Turner of New Albany, MS, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Charles and Alice Rutherford, her loving husband, Arthur “Bill” Wade Spears, one son; Hubert Spears and one daughter; Christine Spears.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 2-6p.m., at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Burial will take place at Academy Cemetery in Blue Mountain, MS. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

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