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Pastor Remembers The Spence Family

Posted at 8:01 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 15:22:49-04

TULSA, Okla. — Joseph and Beverly Spence purchased the home they were shot and killed in back in 2006. It's in a tight knit community where people are more than neighbors, they are friends.

One of those friends was also the spiritual leader for the family. Pastor Tom Harrison of Asbury United Methodist Church knew the Spence's for over 40 years.

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Joseph Spence was a staff member of the church for eight years with Beverly by his side. They were the example of what a marriage should be and even showed it to others.

"They helped mentor couples that were about to get married," Harrison said.

Harrison says the Spence's were good and friendly people and put their faith above everything.

When Harrison learned of the Spence's deaths, he became physically overwhelmed.

"I thought I was going to faint," Harrison said. "How can you ever anticipate news like this?"

Harrison originally thought the shootings were random, but was devastated to learn it was one of his church members, Joseph and Beverly's son, Bryan Spence.

"This is a family within our church and this makes no sense," Harrison said.

Bryan remains in custody on a $2 million bond. His arraignment is scheduled for March 9.

According to Angie Breshears, the Asbury Communication Manager, the memorial for the Spence's will be Friday, March 13th at 10:00 am at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 S Mingo Rd.

The service is open to the public.

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