Aline Spurlock (1926-2016)

May 16, 1926 – December 31, 2016
Aline Forkum Spurlock was born to Hubert and Clara on May 16, 1926 in the Southfork community of Gainesboro, TN.  She was the only daughter of a house full of sons.  As a young adult she moved to Nashville to live with relatives and work. During WWII a young Merchant Marine named Buford who had seen action in the Persian Gulf and South Atlantic was on a Furlough. He passed through and met a young lady named Aline. They later married in the courthouse at Rossville, GA. Buford was a strong man, good husband and father. He spent most of his life providing for his family as a brick mason. Mrs. Aline was a sweet, supportive wife and loving mother. Together this couple was a great duo for 57 years of marriage.

Although Aline grew up in Gainesboro, throughout her life she lived in Clarksville, Nashville, and Mt. Juliet. For more than 40 years she has been a part of the MJ congregation. She and Buford were a great blessing to this congregation. They were faithful in every way. Aline loved the Lord and His people.

Aline loved her family. She loved her son Dwight and his family. In the last season of Aline’s life when her failing health caused the need for extra attention, Dwight and Linda took such good care of her. As a young woman and mother, when Dwight was in 1st grade, Aline said she was going to work at Genesco just to make some money for Christmas that year. It was well after Dwight was out of college before she stopped working at Genesco. Dwight would tease her and say, “If we would have ever had that Christmas – it would have been a good one!”

We loved Aline. We loved her beautiful big smile, vibrant personality and humble spirit. She was grateful and didn’t complain. She was fun and friendly. Throughout her life she enjoyed being outdoors in her garden or working in her flowers. She enjoyed quilting and spending time with her grandchildren. She was also known for holding out with the widow while playing Rook, or even once falling in the water between the boat and dock when fishing with Buford. She really did know how to enjoy life! A few years ago while she still lived at home the youth would “Rake and Run” her yard each fall. She was always so thrilled when they came by.

Twenty one years ago the doctor told her and Buford she had the early signs of dementia. She accepted the news with faith filled contentment. Later Buford died unexpectedly followed by the passing of her grandson, Darin. She also had a difficult time recovering from a broken hip.  Despite all the trials, she faithfully persevered with joy. What a powerful example for us all!

Perhaps her greatest joy thus far was on December 31, 2016 when a new morning dawned for her. She stepped out of this life and into eternity. The opening lines of her favorite song describe it this way; “Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away. To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.” 

Let us all live for that glad morning in our life and for the eternal home with God on the eternal side. To Dwight and all her family and close friends, we do express our sorrow. Mrs. Aline will be missed dearly and remembered fondly.

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…”
(Phil 1:3)
David Shannon