Chief Warrant Officer 4, USA Retired, David Lawrence Spivey, 77, of Guntersville died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at his residence.
Mr. Spivey was bornJan. 16, 1943, in Lacoochee, Fla., to Elmer and Alma Spivey. He was married to the former Anne Marie Swartzlander for 58 years.
He served with distinction as a helicopter pilot in the United States Army, including serving two tours in Vietnam and two European tours. He also held World Altitude Records, flying the Sikorsky CH54B Skycrane. The discipline and patriotism he showed never left him, as family and friends will attest. During his career in the Army, he earned several medals, including but not limited to, The Bronze Star, The Air Medal Number 26 with “V” Devices, The Army Commendation Medal and The Meritorious Service Medal.
After retiring in 1981, he moved his family to Centerville, Tenn., and started a second career with the United States Postal Service, from which he retired in 2003. He delivered so much more than the mail. His 13-mile walking city route enabled him to make many friends along the way, giving the children Jolly Ranchers, and the dogs a dog bone treat. He continued the Jolly Rancher tradition in his Christian ministry to children.
During his time in Centerville he was an active member of Crossroads Baptist Church and served as a deacon.
In 2014, he and his wife moved to Guntersville, where they enjoyed fishing and being close to family. He became an active member and deacon at Creek Path Baptist Church. He was also a volunteer tax preparer for RSVP in the Arab office.
Due to his love for children and his desire to provide a safe and nurturing environment, he was instrumental in the development of a child care center at his church, which opened August 3, 2020.
He is survived by his wife: Anne Spivey; two sons and daughter-in-law: Darwyn D. Spivey of Guntersville and Daniel D. and Amanda Spivey of Bon Aqua, Tenn; three granddaughters and in-law: Alexia Marie and Matt Delarosa, Taylor Anne Spivey and Maggie Jane Spivey; great-grandson: Archer Delarosa; four brothers; and three sisters.
He was preceded in death by a sister: Marie Gregory.
Interment was in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in his memory to Creek Path Child Care, P.O. Box 667, Guntersville, AL 35976.