Private family services were held for Robert Livingston Spencer. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, were entrusted with arrangements. Spencer, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 14, 1938 in Carlsbad, N.M. to the union of Robert Augustus Spencer and Katherine Livingston Spencer. After graduating high school he continued his studies, earning a BS degree from the University of Maryland. He was patriotic and served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Following an honorable discharge, he worked as an analyst employed by the U.S. Department of Defense, retiring after 35 years of service. He married Betty Cunniff in 1967. He was active in many civil rights and gay rights causes, and served as a Lay Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tupelo. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Spencer of Tupelo; a daughter, Mary Katherine Spencer of Tupelo; his stepmother, Wanda Spencer of Carlsbad, N.M.; sisters, Lora Alice Bentley of Eustis, Fla. and Karen Holland of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, Cian Villanueva of Phoenix, Ariz. and Vesna Spencer of Tupelo. He was preceded in death by his parents. Donations in his memory may be made to the Pride Resource Center of North MS, 1800 West Main St. Suite 134, Tupelo, MS 38802. Condolences to the family may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
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