Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 25, 2012

Calvin D. (Tom) Spangler

NARROWS, Va. — Calvin D. (Tom) Spangler, 84, of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 22nd, 2012.

A lifelong resident of Narrows, he was born on June 7th, 1928 and was the son of the late Henry Dewey and Nora Ellen Simpkins Spangler. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ivalene Dalton Spangler; and a brother, Eugene Spangler.

Tom was involved in many endeavors prior to joining the former First National Bank of Narrows in 1963, later becoming Executive Vice-President of First Virginia Bankshares Corporation, and manager of its Narrows Branch. He treasured his relationships with many former and current bank employees. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Narrows, which was an important part of his life. Tom was a member of Intermont Lodge No. 269 A.F.& A.M, Kazim Shrine Temple, the Narrows Kiwanis Club for over 50 years, and a major supporter of the Narrows Mill Dam renovation project in the late 1980s. He also served on many local and regional advisory boards. But more importantly, Tom had a genuine concern for his family, friends and neighbors.

Left to cherish his memory are a son, Calvin D. (Tom) Spangler Jr. and wife Phyllis of Narrows; a daughter, Deborah Sparks and husband Rick of Pembroke; five grandchildren, Christina Trent and husband Robert of Narrows, Larry Spangler of Roanoke, Laura West and husband Adam of Salem, Rick Sparks Jr. and wife Christy of Christiansburg, Scott Sparks and fiancée Ashley Whittaker of Tucson, Arizona; five great-grandchildren, Lindsey Trent, Grace Trent, Emma Sparks, Andrew Sparks, and Micah West; a sister-in-law, Rheda Wheeler of Narrows; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends, including Dr. John Boone, Carilion Hospice Services, and his many caregivers over the years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Narrows with Adam West officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg.

The family will receive friends at Riffe’s Funeral Service Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Narrows, or your favorite charity.

The family is being served by Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at

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