Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1926

Thomas Spindle THOMAS JEPTHA "T.J." SPINDLE was born January 17, 1906 in Snyder to M. Lee and Luna Spindle. He died Oct. 28, 1952, in Ranger, TX and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery. He had two brothers Marlin L. (RHS-1932) and Leon (who died in the influenza epidemic of 1918), and three sisters; Jettie Mae Morgan, Bonnie Keener (RHS-1930), and Lola Lee Forbes (RHS-1940) of Andrews, TX. He was married to Lillian Maureen Hagar in June of 1938, in Ranger. Lillian, the daughter of A.L. and Samantha Hagar was born in Baird and attended school in Colony. With M. Lee Spindle in poor health, T.J. worked to support his parents. He was working in the oilfields when he returned to Ranger to help his family. T.J. was an agent for American National Insurance from 1938-1952 in Ranger. He and Lillian raised their family on Eastland Hill on Breckenridge Highway. When T.J. died, their children were Richard Lee (RHS-1958), Joyce Ann (RHS-1961), and Oran Randall. All of the Spindle children attended Hodges Oak Park Elementary School. Randall was in the fifth grade when he moved with his Mother to Bethany, OK, and Mrs. Spindle still resides there. Joyce Ann Spindle Owens resides with her husband Sam Owens (RHS-1959) in Midland. They have two children. Dr. Richard Lee Spindle resides in Olathe, KS, where he is President of Mid-America Nazarene University. He has published several books and he and his wife, the former Billy Jetton, have three children, Robin Coulter, Dr. Blair Spindle, and Regan Veach. Dr. Randall Spindle has been a professor at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, for over 30 years. He and his wife, Dr. Debra Spindle live in Oklahoma City where she is a librarian for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library. They have two sons Tim and David. Lillian Hagar Spindle WIFE: LILLIAN MAURENE HAGAR SPINDLE, 96, crossed over into the arms of her loving Lord on March 18, 2013 in St. Ann's Nursing Home in Oklahoma City where she had resided almost seven years. She was a long time resident of Bethany, OK, and was a member of the Bethany First Nazarene Church. She had lived at the Southern Plaza for five years. Interment was at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. She was born July 19. 1916 in Baird, TX to Dallas Arthur Lee Hagar and Samantha Hawkins Hagar. She was the youngest of twelve children and lived forty two years of her life in Ranger, TX before moving to Bethany, OK in 1962. At the age of 36 she was widowed & raised her three children alone. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, T.J. Spindle (RHS-1926), 7 brothers: Oran, Clarence, Cecil, Vernon, Jessie, Truman, Bailey, and 3 sisters: Oma Cook, Vera Doyle, and Velma McCrary. At the time of her death, she was survived by three children and spouses: Richard (RHS-1958) and Billy Spindle of Olathe, KS, Joyce and Sam Owens (RHS-1959) of Burnet, TX, and Randall & Debra Spindle of Oklahoma City, OK. Seven grandchildren and spouses: Cherryl and Richard Rusk of Round Rock, TX, Robin and Craig Coulter of Oro Valley, AZ , Sandy and Tod McDaniel of Midland, TX, Blair and Tollya Spindle of Bethany, OK., Regan and Jason Veach of Portland, OR, David & Angela Spindle of Oklahoma City and Tim and Cassie Spindle of Tulsa, OK. Also ten great grandchildren: Zachary (Carrie) Rusk of Round Rock, TX, and Meredith McDaniel of Fort Worth, TX, Blake Rusk of Houston, Clayton Rusk of Waco, TX and Trent McDaniel of Lubbock, TX. Ashley and Collin Coulter of Oro Valley, AZ, and Bethany and Bailey, and Brooklyn Spindle of Bethany, OK. Carter Veach of Portland, OR. And two great-great grandchildren, Addison and Barrett Rusk of Round Rock. One brother, Frank Hagar of Abilene, many nieces and nephews and many precious caregivers of the St. Ann's Nursing Home in Oklahoma City.