Galloway Bowen Spurgeon Jr.


    Galloway Bowen Spurgeon Jr. of St. James, Missouri was born April 2, 1927 in St. James, Missouri to Galloway Bowen Davis and Clara Alice (Ferris) Spurgeon and passed away February 3, 2019 at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 1 day.


    On June 5, 1948 Galloway married Doris Lee Jennings and they celebrated over 51 years together. To this union three children were born, Debbie, Judy and John.
    In 1964 Galloway returned to his hometown of St. James, Missouri with his family where he and his wife Doris established Spurgeon’s 66.
    Spurgeon’s 66 is currently owned and operated by his son John and wife Janet. During his early years he worked for Walter McCann in Owensville, Missouri Missouri and then Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Poplar Bluff and St. Louis, Missouri until his return to St. James in 1964. He continued to be affiliated with Firestone throughout his career.
    He was close to his eight siblings as his parents died when he was 11 years old, being raised by his oldest brother, Leslie.
    Galloway was a veteran of the Navy serving in WWII. He was a member of the VFW in St. James, a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Chamber of Commerce and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Owensville, Poplar Bluff, St. Louis and the last 54 years in the St. James Baptist Church.
    On February 3, 2001 Galloway married Ina Mae Prebianca. Ina brought to the marriage three adult children, Jimmy Prebianca and wife Yolanda, Carol and husband, Gary Webster, Gloria and husband Rick Smith along with six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; his second wife, Ina Mae; step son, Jim Prebianca; parents, Galloway Bowen Davis Spurgeon and Clara Alice Ferris; and eight siblings and their spouses.
    He is survived by daughters, Debbie Williams and husband Kenny of St. James, Missouri and Judy Self and husband Rick of Gilbertsville, Kentucky; one son, John Spurgeon and wife Janet of St. James, Missouri; grandchildren, Scott John and wife Bonnie, Stacy Johns, Brian John and wife Hiroko, Corey Williams and wife Sarah, Greg John and wife Anni, John Spurgeon Jr. and wife Tina, Mike Spurgeon and wife Jennifer, Shannon Bower, Ashley Clark, Desirea Ross, and Melody Ross; 21 great grandchildren, Christopher Wirz and wife Courtni, Derek Johns, Nathan John, Caleb John, Thomas and Emilee Williams, Ryan and Owen Spurgeon, Jacey, Jaxon, Jett and Judson Spurgeon, Griffin John and Nina John, Paxton Hackworth, Lily and Kennedy Bower, Adabella Burgess, Jozlynn and Trevor Spurgeon and Corbin Harriss; two great great grandchildren, Jax and Tessa Wirz; one sister-in-law, Joan Cole and husband Charles of St. Charles, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
    Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Jones Funeral Home of St. James, Missouri with the Rev. Jerry Baumann officiating, vocalist, Stephen Brubaker and pianist Jeannette Ashley.
    Pallbearers were grandsons, Scott John, Brian John, Corey Williams, Greg John, John Spurgeon Jr. and Michael Spurgeon. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren, Stacy Johns and Erik John.
    Interment was in the Bowen Cemetery in rural Gasconade County with escort by the Patriot Guards, Maries County Deputy Scott John (Pastor of Broadway Baptist Church) and the Spurgeon 66 wreckers. Taps was played by grandson, Corey Williams.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of St. James, Missouri.