John Thomas Spencer III Obituary

MAY 20, 1954 – JULY 5, 2023


It is with great sadness that the Spencer family announces the passing of our patriarch, John Thomas Spencer, III. John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a charitable man who loved his community.

John “Tiny” Spencer, III was born on May 20, 1954 in Henderson, Texas to John T. Spencer, Jr. and Dorothy Blue Spencer and died at the age of 69 at his home in Etoile, Texas on July 5, 2023.

John grew up in Monahans, Texas where he met his wife of 52 years, Brenda Williams. John and Brenda lived all around Texas and even spent some time living in Venezuela. They finally settled in the East Texas area, where they resided for over 40 years and raised their four children, Ronnie, Steven, John, and Amy.

John made his career in the oilfield where he met some of his best friends including Mike Webb, Phil “Flipper” Murray, Steve Smithers, Matt Telfer, Charlie Brown, and numerous others. When John and these friends got together, they told some of the best stories that would have you laughing until your belly hurt.

The front porch of his shop was John’s favorite meeting place. There were many gatherings there, and numerous problems solved or created right there. Many stories, smile, and tears were shared on the porch.

John retired at the age of 62. John and Brenda made many memories traveling around the United States and enjoying time with their family. There was nothing John was prouder of than his family.

John was known by many names depending on how long you knew him. Some might call him Big John, and others might call him Tiny. You were fortunate if you got to call him a friend.

Preceding John in death are his parents, John Spencer, Jr. and Dorothy Blue Spencer and his sisters Joyce Torbert and Johnnie Faye Mackie.

John is survived by his wife Brenda, his sister Dottie Nash of Odessa, TX, his son and daughter-in-law Ronnie and Sheila Spencer of Chireno, TX, son and daughter-in-law Steven and Janella Spencer of Chireno, TX, son and daughter-in-law John IV and Vanessa Spencer of Etoile, TX, daughter Amy Spencer of Huntington, TX, grandchildren, Samantha, Emma, Colton, Jason, Courtnie, Remington, Tyler, Lacie, Zoey, Peighton; 4 great-grandchildren Brantley, Blayne, Mayci, and Hardyn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Colton Spencer, Jason Spencer, Remington Spencer, Tyler Spencer, Raymond Moore, Kevin Butler, Quentin White and Nolan White.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Webb, John Melton, Wayne Cook, Michael Burnett, and Charlie Brown.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 2023 at Cason Monk, 5400 North St., Nacogdoches, TX.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at Blue Springs Cemetery, 19270 FM 226, Etoile, TX.

After the graveside services have been concluded, the family will be welcoming visitors to enjoy food and refreshments at the home of John and Brenda Spencer, 1327 St. Hwy 103, Etoile, TX.

John was a member of the San Augustine Cowboy Church. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations in John’s name to:

San Augustine Cowboy Church

P.O. Box 280

San Augustine, TX 75972

For Information: Kelly Hays – 936-275-7640

​ ​ Crystal Sowell – 936-201-0023

John was also a staunch supporter of the Etoile Volunteer Fire Department. Donations can be made in his honor to:

Etoile Volunteer Fire Department

P.O. Box 9

Etoile, TX 75944

For Information: Jim Opre

​​ 936-854-2267

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Spencer family.