Paul E. Spencer, 80, of Elizabeth

Paul E. Spencer, 80, of Elizabeth WV, passed peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends on Easter Sunday, April 21.

Paul was born on May 4, 1938 in Jackson County, the son of the late Hoyt and Eva Bailey Spencer.

He attended Spencer High School. He was employed by different road construction companies, Ravens Metal and retired from Kellwood Manufacturing in 2003. He was active in men’s softball leagues and known for his pitching and home run hitting abilities. He was an avid hunter, member of the Oldie Wheelers Four Wheeler Club and in early years was an amateur CB radio operator known as Red Fox.

Known for his impressive horseshoe throwing, he was also given the nickname “Dead Eye”. He enjoyed supporting Wirt County Tigers football and West Virginia University Mountaineers. After retirement, he loved attending gospel and bluegrass sings. He enjoyed going to local auctions and estate sales. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughters, Peggy Spencer (Mark), Brenda Villers (Mike) and Paula Burton (Jeff); five grandchildren, Rachel Gifford (Jonathan), Leanna Corbitt (Chase), Sarah Burton (Don), Dylan Pickrell (Molly) and Lucas Hyatt; six great grandchildren Rielee, Maddox, Tucker, Harper, Asher and Vayda; five step grandchildren Joe Villers (Sarah), Jake Villers (Krissi), Taylor Watson, Blake and Emily Sowerby; brother, Lowell Spencer (Susie), special friend Janice Archer and several brothers and sisters in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Hazel Lynch Spencer; brothers Hoyt Jr., Ronald and Edwin Spencer; and sister Lorene Thomas.

Services will be at 11:00 am Thursday, April 25 at Matheny-Whited Funeral Home in Elizabeth with Rev. Tim Bell and Rev. Jerry Caplinger officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 24 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm and one hour prior to the service.