Julia Stewart Spencer died on November 28, 2012 at the age of 86. She was born in 1926 and was a native of Gastonia, NC, daughter of Roscoe S and Julia Stewart Futch Spencer, and was a descendant of two of Gaston County's pioneer families. Her grandparents were Henry Harrison Spencer and Margaret Ann McArver Spencer of Gastonia, and John D. and Julia Ellen Stewart Futch of Monroe, NC.
A lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, Miss Spencer served many years as a choir member, and as a soprano soloist under many different choir directors.
She was a charter member and former president of Sharps and Flats Music Club, National Federation of Music Clubs; and she served as treasurer for the Gastonia Music Education Foundation and as treasurer for the Gastonia Community Concert Association, later serving on both Boards.
She was employed at the old Citizens National Bank on Main Avenue in Gastonia at one time, and also served as a music specialist and teacher in Gaston County Schools, from which she retired. Miss Spencer enjoyed working in schools in Augusta, Georgia, both as an elementary music supervisor and as a junior high school music teacher. She was a soprano soloist in a number of Augusta churches, served as a choir director for Mann Memorial Methodist Church in Augusta, and was a member and secretary for Augusta Music Club.
A member of Waxhaws Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists, she also held memberships in William Gaston Chapter, D.A.R.; Delta Kappa Gamma, honorary teachers society; Alpha Delta Kappa, honorary teachers sorority; National Association for Music Educators; North Carolina Music Educators Association; as well as the NC Retired School Personnel Association.
Miss Spencer graduated from Gastonia High School and Winthrop College, and also studied voice at Limestone and Queens Colleges. She was principal soloist with the Winthrop Touring Choir, blessed with a beautiful coloratura soprano voice. Her graduate work was at the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto, where she was a student of the renowned George Lambert.
Graveside services for Miss Spencer will be held at the Old Monroe City Cemetery, Monroe, NC, on December 3, 2012 at 1:00p.m., with Reverends David Christy and Saxon Scarborough officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Lands Conservancy, 105 West Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28202, or to Cemetery Fund, (Old) Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, 2814 Old Hickory Rd., Lancaster, SC 29720.
Survivors are her sister, Mary Anne Spencer Goodman of Gastonia; niece, Henrietta Spencer Goodman and grandnephews Cole Spencer Brooks and Scott Spencer Chaussee of Missoula, MT; and cousins Dr. Archer Hamner Futch, Jr. of Livermore, CA; Carolyn Futch Naylor of Jacksonville, FL; William Stewart Futch of Richmond, VA; Dr. David Gardner Futch of San Diego, CA; Louis Kendrick Futch of Candler, NC; and Ida Calhoun Scott of Austin,TX .
Online condolences may be made at: www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com