Let the memory of Herb be with us forever
  • 86 years old
  • Born on November 29, 1931 .
  • Passed away on July 18, 2018 .
Nathan Herbert Spencer, known as Herb, 86, died on July 18, 2018 after living a full life with family and friends. A celebration of Herb’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Butner on Saturday, July 21, 2018 with burial immediately following at Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor. The family receive visitors 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning at the First Baptist Church.
Herb was a native of Kinston, NC, son of Sam and Olivia Spencer, and grew up in Pamlico County. After high school, Herb served in the Air Force as an Air Policeman and shared many stories from his days in Alaska with his children and grandchildren. After leaving the Air Force, Herb graduated from East Carolina University earning a Masters in Industrial Arts. East Carolina is where he met his wife of 58 years, Nona Lee Cone. Throughout his full life, Herb was devoted to his wife and two children. He shared with them his love for the outdoors and was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman. He spent many hours growing vegetables, tromping through the woods, sitting in a boat, and chasing a little white ball. He was also a skilled woodworker and even made furniture. He could fix anything, and everyone knew Herb would have a spare part. 
After teaching Industrial Arts in Richmond, VA and Wendell, NC, Herb went on to work in vocational rehabilitation for the state of North Carolina. He was dedicated to helping people with disabilities live better lives. In addition to the dedication he had for his career, Herb also had a commitment to his community. He served as a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Butner, served on the board of the local State Employees Credit Union, and was a proud member of the Masons. He lived with purpose, integrity, and never met a stranger. 
Herb was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret and Irma, and his brothers, S.J. and Walter. He is survived by his wife, Nona, daughter, Patsy Thieken and her husband, Paul, son, Doug Spencer and his wife, Claudia, and six grandchildren, Nicole Thieken, Scott Thieken, Colin Thieken, Nathan Spencer, Emma Spencer, and Connor Spencer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Butner.


Posted by Sonja Hayes on 21st July 2018
May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by CANDACE WHITE on 20th July 2018
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Posted by Leslie Taylor on 19th July 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this most difficult time.

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