Thomas Ray Speer , age 92, of Carthage, died Sunday, July 12, 2015 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.


A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Priest Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Archie Stevens officiating.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.


A native of Yadkin County, he was the son of the late John Harrison Speer & Lula Carter Speer.  He was a US Army veteran serving during WWII, where he was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He worked for Clark Chevrolet as an auto body repairman and later owned and operated Lakeside Body Shop in Pinehurst.  He was a member of Priest Hill Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Post #350 in Pinehurst


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Speer; two sisters, Alice Braddock and Jessie Pearl Tyner; three brothers, Dave Speer, Harrison Speer and Hubert Speer.


He is survived by his daughter, Dianne S. Hopton & husband, Larry of Carthage; two sisters, Halia S. Marsh of Carthage and Nellie Parrish of Savannah, GA; one grandson, Jason Hopton & wife, Molly of Clearwater, FL; one granddaughter, Melissa S. Bible;  three great-grandsons, Gray Hopton, Drue Bible and J. T. Bible.


Memorials may be made to Backpack Pals of Moore County, 3808 Tarheel Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609,  or Priest Hill Presbyterian Church, PO Box 176, Carthage, NC  28327.


Fry & Prickett Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the Speer family.


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  1. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family, especially our dear friend Nellie and her sister Haley. May the Lord give you the peace that passes understanding.

    With Love, Jan & Serge

  2. The membership of A. B. Sally, Jr., NC American Legion, Post # 350 sends their sympathy and thoughts for the loss of your loved one and our faithful legionnaire.

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