Nancy Pearl Claiborne Spearman was born on Aug. 16, 1925, to the late Robert and Julia Bernice Claiborne. She was the last of 13 children. She received her crown on Oct. 13, 2019. A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Poplar Mount Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, Virginia.
Nancy was educated in Brunswick County and graduated from Saint Paul's College with a bachelor's degree in Education and later a master's degree from Columbia University in New York.
She was a devoted teacher for more than 38 years (Public School 180). She retired with honors from the New York City Board of Education.
In addition, she was a Master Teacher at Bank Street College. Returning to her roots in Emporia, Virginia, she continued serving God at Poplar Mount Baptist Church as a devoted Sunday school teacher and baby dedication chairperson and a former trustee. Nancy truly loved working for the Lord.
On June 20, 1954, she married the love of her life Bernard Hewitt Spearman. From this union was born Ramon, Wayne and Rhonda.
Spirituality was important in Nancy's life. She worked in and raised her family under the ministry of Convent Avenue Baptist Church for over 50 years, where she was a dedicated Sunday school teacher, baby dedication chairperson and deaconess.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; son, Ramon; and siblings, George Edward, Pattie, Vaughn, Roy, Ida Nobia, Selina, Charlie, Homer and Aniva.
She leaves to mourn her son: Wayne (Linda); daughter: Rhonda (Lee); and seven grandchildren: Wayne (Jr.), Melissa, Matthew, Vaughn, Theresa, Courtney and Chloe'; three great grandchildren: Sakura, Nazir and Jabari; daughter-in-law: Melanie Spearman; a devoted niece: Roberta, whom she took under her wing; one brother: Norman (Catherine); one aunt: Ruby C. Pearson; devoted friend, Rev. Shirley Allen and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
The family extends their grateful thanks and appreciation to neighbors and friends for all expressions of sympathy and acts of kindness extended them since the passing of their loved one.
Brown’s Funeral Service, Lawrenceville, handled the arrangements.