In Honor of Oreal Spears

1st Annual Memorial Community Celebration in Honor of Oreal Spears aka “Big O”

His Life

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the Spears family celebrated its first Annual Memorial Community Celebration in honor of Oreal Spears. This event also coincided with his upcoming birthday, which is on July 26, 2017. However, due to complications with prostate cancer, my grandfather, Oreal Spears, was not present for this celebration in his honor. Last year, prostate cancer and all its ugly symptoms, finally got the best of PawPaw. On June 23, 2016, Oreal Spears also known as “Big O” left us or as the old folks say “went on to glory.” It was such a sad day for our family. He had been the rock for all of us for so long. But not just for our family, but he was the undisputed rock of our community, located in Hines Quarters. During the time of our upbringing, a small, mostly Black, working-class community, where people cared for their neighbors, looked after the children of the community and took care of their properties.

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