Barbara Lee Cunningham Spiller, 79, was born January 17, 1941, in Port Washington, Long Island, New York to Jordan and Frances Parker Cunningham and she passed peacefully from this life on December 11, 2020. Her father was a pilot for American Airlines in New York but soon was transferred to Ft. Worth, Texas. In 1947 however the family moved to Junction, where Jordan joined with his father Joe Cunningham in Junction National Bank that had been founded by Mr. Cunningham in 1935.
B. Lee, as she was fondly known, attended school in Junction and was Salutatorian of her High School graduating class of 1959. She then attended Texas Tech University, where she pledged Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, and obtained a degree in Elementary Education in 1964 and taught school in Junction for 32 years thereafter, retiring in 2003……..and now she is in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She was very active in her church as well as the community. She was an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Junction and served as chairperson of the Building Committee when the Church added its Fellowship Hall. She also sang in the Church Choir for over 45 years.
The Community Bible Study group was another strong interest that she was committed to and served in several capacities of leadership there.
She was a member of the Texas Tech Exes Association, the Retired Teachers Association, and just recently retired from the Board of Directors of the Junction National Bank of which she served since 1991.
B. Lee married Rob Roy Spiller in Junction in 1962 and they were soon to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary. Since their marriage they have lived in San Marcos, Amarillo and Lubbock prior to settling in Junction in 1971.
B. was such a special person who was known to never say anything unkind about anyone or anything, and her smile radiated the light from her beautiful soul. No doubt she will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister JoAnn Hammonds.
Those surviving her beautiful memory are her husband Rob Roy Spiller, a son Rob Spiller (Suzy) of Castle Rock, Colorado, and a daughter Dr. Shelly Spiller (Donna) of Corvallis, Oregon, three grandchildren and also two great-grandchildren that she was so proud of; three nephews, Russell Hammonds of Junction, Mike Hammonds of Mesquite and Steve Hammonds of Ft. Worth, as well as several cousins and many extended family members.
Open visitation is to be at Kimble Funeral Home from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Monday, December 14, 2020.
Due to the current pandemic situation, our family feels that in order to maintain vigilance in protecting all of you our friends and neighbors, we will have a private burial for B. Lee with immediate family only. The graveside service will be conducted by Reverends Jim and Laurie Barker and Charles Hagood. The service can be viewed on the Junction First Presbyterian Church Facebook page.
B. Lee loved so many people in this community and in her life. Watching her joyful bright light fade away has been more painful than we imagined. So many friends and family have reached out with joyful, loving memories and even their own experiences with loss which means so much to us. We are overwhelmed with grief for her passing made even more profound in such difficult times. We are looking forward to having a celebration of B. Lee’s life with all her friends and family in the future when the danger has subsided to a less threatening level. Hopefully, this will be when the flowers begin to bloom, her favorite season of the year.
Pallbearers are to be: Charles Hagood, Greer Kothmann, Kelly Kothmann, Clay Simon, Russell Hammonds, David Dobbins, L.R. Hawkins and Bryan Booth.
Honorary Pallbearers are all of her many friends including her coffee drinking buddies, her Sunday School pals and Church Family, the Ladies Wednesday domino playing group and the Community Bible Study group.
A special thank you for B. Lee’s wonderful care goes to: Dr. Noe Martinez, Teena Hagood, Gay Colvin, Gayle Simon and the Kimble Hospital Staff.
Suggestions for memorials if you so choose, please consider the First Presbyterian Church of Junction, the Kimble County Library, the Kimble County Historical Museum,the Junction Salvation Army or the Sam B. Coffey Animal Shelter
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kimble Funeral Home. (325) 446-3076