Tommy Ray Spigener
OBITUARY – TOMMY RAY SPIGENER
Tommy Ray Spigener, 85, of The Woodlands, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on July 19, 2017, in The Woodlands, Texas. Mr. Spigener fought kidney and cardio disease for decades, and died from complications of those diseases and pneumonia.
Tommy was born on August 21, 1931, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Joseph Benjamin Spigener, Sr. and Grace Wert Dillon Spigener. He was the youngest of seven siblings-Margie Lois Spigener James; Alvin Woodrow Spigener; Joseph Benjamin Spigener, Jr; Cecil Spigener; Raymond Spigener; and Betty Lou Spigener Martin. He was married for 59 years to Martha Jean Woodward Spigener, formerly of Shreveport, Louisiana, but presently of The Woodlands, Texas.
He attended Athens High School, Athens, Louisiana; Louisiana Tech University (Bachelor of Music), Ruston, Louisiana; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Religious Education andMaster of Church Music), Fort Worth, Texas; and The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana.
He is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest (1977-78); International Who’s Who in Music and Musician’s Directory (1976); Personalities of the South (1977); Men of Achievement (1978); Notable Americans (1976-1977); and Community Leaders And Noteworthy Americans (1976-1977).
He served as Minister of Education and Music at numerous churches across Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi with his most lengthy service being at First Baptist Church, Natchitoches, Louisiana (1965-1970). He was also an Assistant Music Professor at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana where he taught Choral Music and Voice and later, Assistant Music Professor of Music at Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi, where he taught Church Music Methods, Music History, Conducting, Music for Classroom Teachers, and Voice. While serving as Minister of Music and Music Professor, he enjoyed working with college students and adults and producing cantatas and other musical productions on a very large scale. His favorite, though, was conducting and dramatizing Handel’s Messiah andThe Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore DuBois.
Mr. Spigener then started his own piano technician business, Ray’s Piano Service, where he tuned and repaired pianos for school districts, piano teachers, and individuals throughout southern and eastern Texas. This very successful business was special to him as it afforded him the opportunity to interact with and meet new people daily. He brought great joy to those he served in this business.
Mr. Spigener served in the United States Air Force in Korea from 1950-54 and in the Army Reserves from 1959-60.
He has lived in Athens, Louisiana; Shreveport, Louisiana; Fort Worth, Texas; Mansfield, Texas; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Sweetwater, Texas; Natchitoches, Louisiana; Clinton, Mississippi; Houston, Texas; and The Woodlands, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Jean Woodward Spigener of The Woodlands, Texas, formerly of Shreveport, Louisiana; his daughters and their spouses, Alissa and Harold Atkinson, Jr. of La Grange, Texas; Aimee and Chris Holmes of Mabank, Texas; Allyson and Torrey Bingham, Sr. of Conroe, Texas. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren: Kendall Ferguson of Katy Texas, Hannah Ferguson and Mitchell Ferguson of La Grange, Texas; Seaman Christopher Holmes of the United States Navy, Rebekah Holmes, Mikaela Holmes, Andrew Holmes, and Benjamin Holmes of Mabank, Texas; Daniel and Rosie Bingham, Jr. and their children, Ashlyn and Caleb Bingham, of New Waverly, Texas; and Rachel Bingham, David Bingham, and Lydia Bingham of Conroe, Texas, and his sister, Betty Lou Spigener Martin, formerly of Blanchard, Louisiana, but more recently of Fort Worth, Texas. Numerous other nieces, nephews and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Woodward Martin, of Shreveport, Louisiana also survive him. Predeceasing him were his parents and other siblings.
His church and his family were the most important part of his life. He was a member of The Woodlands First Baptist Church where he and his wife were active in their Sunday School class, The Celebration Class. His wife, Jean, and their daughters would like to send their heartfelt thanks to the members of this class who so tirelessly and sacrificially loved on Tommy and Jean and ministered to them during his many illnesses and hospital stays. Numerous meals provided, visits and calls made, cards sent, rides offered, and most importantly, prayers prayed on their behalf were the norm for this wonderful group. Our appreciation is without end.
The Memorial Service celebrating his life will be Friday, July 28, at 11:00 a.m. in the Worship Center at The Woodlands First Baptist Church, 11801 Grogans Mill Road, The Woodlands, Texas, 77380.