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“I am sorry to hear (late) of the passing of Reverend Spray. I have had some of his sermon outlines in my library for several years, but just tonight,...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Anthony C. Baker - Chattanooga, TN

“I have been blessed through the years by his very practical and preachable sermon outlines, even preaching one of his sermons just last week. I am...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Jerry Keene - Farmerville, LA

“Sue and Sybil, You are both in our prayers. There was sure a wonderful reunion in heaven this week-end when your mom could see your dad. you will...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Andrew and Lisa Jolly - Lapeer, MI

“Thank you for leaving an example of meekness and wisdom with every smile that brightened your face. We love you (great) G'pa. Brian and Darla ...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Darla Hancock - Chesterfield, VA

“Uncle Buddy was a man who lived his life well. We remember him as being kind and gentle and talented. We trust he is now reunited in spirit with...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Patsy & Leigh Spray - Leander, TX

“Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you both. Sorry to hear of his passing we will be praying for you and your Family. He was a Good Man. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: David & Dawn Christian - IL

“Remembering Grandpa sitting in his brown chair in the study, writing sermon outlines. His notepad was on his knee and his Bible on the little table...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Paula Petersen - Granite City, IL

“Sue, We are sorry for your loss. I remember seeing some of your dad's published sermon outlines years ago. You have a wonderful heritage. We...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Dana Everson - Saginaw, MI


Rev. Russell E. Spray, 93, of Deckerville, (formerly of Lapeer) died Saturday, January 21, 2012. He was born September 4, 1918 in Macomb, OK to parents James and Maudie (Brown) Spray. Mr. Spray married Pauline E. Mellish on March 8, 1940, not many years after meeting her in Lapeer while traveling as a singer for the Jay & Spray Evangelistic Team. He served God his whole life, being ordained into the Church of the Nazarene ministry in 1954, pastoring churches for 33 years before retirement. In retirement, Rev. Spray authored twenty-three books of sermon outlines for pastors – yet another avenue to "preach through others." He even wrote a hymnal. Rev. Russell was a talented mandolin player and enjoyed his Hershey's chocolate as well as "cocoa'ed-coffee." He will be missed by his family and those he ministered to. Rev. Spray is survived by his daughters: Sybil (Pastor Wayne) Musatics of Granite City, IL, Sue (David) Smith of Deckerville, grandchildren: Shari Niemann, Tami Bourland, Paula Petersen, Darla Hancock, Beth Boisture, 14 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law: Oleta Spray and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife: Pauline (Mellish) Spray in 2010, siblings: Cecil and Lester Spray, an infant sister and his parents. Visitation will be 4-8pm Monday. Funeral service will be 2:00pm Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer, officiated by Pastor Wayne Musatics with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Autumnwood of Deckerville or to the family.

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