In Memory

Donald Wylie Spurrier

Donald Wylie SpurrierJuly 4, 2004

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07/05/10 11:02 AM #1    

Mack Spurrier (Ahs'60)

Donnie was born June27,1940 to Mr. P.H. Spurrier Jr. and Mrs. Janice L. Spurrier.
As an infant Donnie pulled an electric coffee pot over on him causing severe burns to his left shoulder and arm. The scars were with him until the day he died.
Donnie went to Victory school thru the 6th grade then went to St. Michaels thru th 8th grade. After graduation from Ashley he attended Wingate College for 1 semester then transferred to GTI ( Gaston Technical Inststute ). While he was supposed to be going to GTI he would spend the day with Mr. Friday, Alfred and Leonard's dad who was recovering from an accident. Before the end of the semester he had gotten a job with Gaston County Dyeing Machine.
In 1965 Donnie married Mac Mccall from Clover and they had 4 children. Mark Wylie Spurrier of Clover, Sam McCall Spurrier of San Francisco, Francis Wood Spurrier of Nashville, And Donnie Lee Spurrier of Clover.

Donnie worked for Gaston County Dyeing Machine Company from 1960 til 1996 when he had to retire because of health problems. He started out as a draftsmen in the engineering department. After several years designing dyeing machines he was in charge of the shop order department then moving into outside parts sales. From there he went into international sales eventually becoming director of international sales. In this capacity he traveled the world over taking several trips that took him completely around the world. He visited Russia,China, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt and other places that I am not aware of. At Gaston County he had a reputation for having a fantastic memory. He also gave everyone a nick name. On his last trip in 1996 he flew to the west coast then onto Hong Kong where he had a stroke. While walking down the street he collapsed and the agent with him and a stranger from Australia carried him back to his hotel room and the next day he flew to Italy to attend a textile machinery show. Upon arriving in Italy his fellow workers knew something was wrong and sent him home.

Donnie's wife died in the early 1990's and he raised his children by himself until his death.

Donnie loved boating having owned 3 boats.

I felt that his classmates would like to know more about Donnie other than the date he died.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to tell you about my brother.
Respectfully Submitted,
Mack Spurrier

07/06/10 07:27 PM #2    

Mack Spurrier (Ahs'60)

I forgot to mention that Donnie served 6 years in the Army National Guard.
The hardest thing that I have ever had to do in my entire life was to go to Pinehurst on Jult5,2004 and tell my mother that Donnie had died. I could not get the words to come out of my mouth. Mother finally had to ask what is wrong?

Mack Spurrier

05/02/16 11:03 AM #3    

Mack Spurrier (Ahs'60)

Donnie would give you the shirt off of his back even if it did not belong to him. He was a great and loving brother. I still miss him every day.

His younger brother Mack

05/02/16 12:58 PM #4    

Clare Sanders (Turner)

Dear Mack,

     Thanks so much for taking the time to make us aware of the many wonderful accomplishment Donnie did in his lifetime. We all loved him and miss him as I am sure you do. Thanks for reminding us of the great memories he left with us.


05/03/16 09:34 AM #5    

Betty Sue Stewart (Harwell)

So sorry for your loss.   Dean and Betty Stewart Harwell

05/03/16 04:57 PM #6    

Ronald Long




As most folks know, Donnie was my best friend in high school.  I treasure the memories of Donnie and stayed in touch with him throughout the years.  He was a fine man and one of the best folks I ever met!  RIP my dear friend.





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