July 25, 1959 - November 11, 2019
After struggling for years with various extended illnesses and their complications, Rusty (Troy Garth) Spears died on November 11, 2019, at the age of 60. He was born in Andrews, Texas on July 25, 1959. The third of four children, Rusty spent his childhood years in Midland, Texas, but was a proud 1977 graduate of R.L. Turner High School (Carrollton, Texas) and later attended and graduated from the University of North Texas — and he was a Mean Green Eagle through and through.
Rusty is survived by many longstanding and devoted friends. In addition, Rusty was the father to three beautiful and successful daughters: Sara and her husband (Casey), Abby, Emily and her husband (Jimmy) and three grandchildren. Rusty is also survived by his father, Joseph Fred Spears of Katy, his brother (Berry) and his wife (Laura) of Austin, his sister (Pam) and her partner (Sheryl) of McKinney and step-sister (Priscilla) and her husband (Joe) of Sugar Land, step-sister (Veronica) and her husband (Michael), step-daughter (Amanda), his beloved Aunt Ellen of Red Oak and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. He was pre-deceased by his infant son (John Austin), his mother (Vianna Kay), his brother (John) and maternal and paternal grandparents. The family also gratefully acknowledges the care, attention and support provided to Rusty in the final months of his life by his friend and care giver, Dexter Jernigan.
Rusty never met a stranger, and he miraculously always seemed to have the right joke, even if it was at the wrong time. Whether on the golf course or in a sales meeting, Rusty’s big personality always seemed to assume control. Throughout his life, he loved and relied upon a wide circle of friends and they reciprocated with affection for him. He will be missed.
A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019, at McKinney Bible Church, 501 S. Graves, McKinney, Texas, at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Rusty requested that memorials or contributions be made in his memory to (i) the G. Brint Ryan College of Business Dean’s Excellence Fund, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, #311250, Denton, Texas, 76203; (ii) the Alzheimer’s Association; or (iii) the charity of your choice.
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