Bennie M. Spaulding, Sr. Services for Bennie M. Spaulding will be at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM with Claude B. Carson officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Killeen City Cemetery. The Spaulding family will receive guests for a time of visitation on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen. Bennie passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born March 28, 1939 in Hico, Texas to Noel and Stella Spaulding. Bennie lived in Killeen most of his life and attended Killeen High School. He...
Bennie M. Spaulding, Sr.
Services for Bennie M. Spaulding will be at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM with Claude B. Carson officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Killeen City Cemetery. The Spaulding family will receive guests for a time of visitation on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen.
Bennie passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born March 28, 1939 in Hico, Texas to Noel and Stella Spaulding.
Bennie lived in Killeen most of his life and attended Killeen High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Beth Hopson, on March 24, 1958 in Llano, Texas.
Shortly after graduation, Bennie went to work as a Killeen Firefighter. Spaulding was in the Department for fourteen year. He started as a fireman, then LT., Captain and finally Training Officer. He was chosen as Outstanding Fireman of the quarter and later Outstanding Fireman of the Year when employed with Killeen Fire Department.
Bennie received a certificate of appreciation from the General at Ft. Hood for helping save a 4-year old from drowning in Nolan Creek. He was instrumental in helping form the Moffat Fire Department under Chief Stone.
Spaulding was hired as the fire Chief in Kingsville, Texas in October 1973. He was inducted as a lifetime member of Bell County Fire Chiefs Association in 1973. Bennie helped organize South Texas Fire Chiefs Association while there, and organized Kleberg County Youth Rescue Squad.
He was a member of the Coastal Bend Counsel of Government. Bennie was instrumental in starting the first Fire Academy, organized the ambulance service, and then staffed the Fire Department with EMT's. Spaulding held the Kingsville Chief's job until January of 1979 when he went to work at Texas A&M Fireman's Training School in Arlington, Texas. He was in charge of the Northern Division, specifying in mathematics and fire apparatus. He was an advisor for Texas Forest Services.
After several months Spaulding moved back to Killeen and worked for Centel Telephone Company as Safety and Security officer for 14 years.
Bennie was Chairman of American Red Cross of Bell County for 5 years. He was a member of Bell County Fire Chief's Association and later elected President 2 different years.
Spaulding was an Instructor at CTC College on Standard and Advanced First Aid from 1970-1973. Bennie was a Guest Instructor at A&M University Texas Firemen Training School. He was Chairman of Pump Operation 1 week each summer for 25 years.
Bennie was also instructor for Project Transition for the Police Academy. He was a certified Fire Fighter with the Texas Fire Commission, carrying a level 2 Instructor rating with the Texas Fire Commission.
While Spaulding was Training Officer in Killeen, he was appointed to help revise the IFSTA manual on fire apparatus and mathematics. This was through Still Water, Oklahoma University.
Bennie was a volunteer Training Officer for KFD under supervision of Chief Keith Langford. In 1983 Bennie helped build and organize the Southwest County Volunteer Fire Dept. off Highway 195 in Killeen. He was instrumental in building 3 of the fire trucks that the department started with.
He worked in getting grants to enlarge the station, buy fire equipment and radios for the department. He instructed the firefighters in Fire Suppression.
Bennie was with Southwest for 21 years as a Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief. Southwest has continued to grow and serve the people of this area.
Spaulding resigned due to bad health. Joe Bailey took over as Fire Chief and continues in that position.
Over the years, Bennie was a 32Degree Mason at Killeen Lodge #1125.
In 1992, he was nominated for the Frank Mayburn Humanitarian Award. He was Scout Master for the Explorer Scouts for several years in the 1960's. He was a third generation Fire Fighter. His Grandfather was a 25 years Volunteer Fire Fighter in Hico; his Father at Fort Hood for 34 years; and Bennie a Fire Fighter for 48-1/2 years.
Bennie was preceded in death by his parents, Noel and Stella Spaulding.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years Mrs. Beth Spaulding and their children, Kim Palmer and her husband Greg of Grand Prairie, TX, Vickie Thompson and her husband Alan of Cedar Park, TX and Bennie Spaulding Jr. and his wife Ashli of Porter, TX. 3 grandchildren, Tiffany Pace of Grand Prairie, TX , Andrew Thompson and fiancée Sam Driscoll of Georgetown, TX and Sophia Spaulding of Porter, TX. Step-grandson Kyle Cullins of Brookshire, TX,step-granddaughter Katy Cullins of Cleveland, TX, great-granddaughter Kelsey Pace of Grand Prairie, TX, great –granddaughter Kinsley Thompson of Georgetown, TX, step-granddaughter Heather Hortness of Austin, TX, step-granddaughter Leah Palmer Thomas and her husband Thomas of Keller, TX, step-grandson Jeffrey Palmer of Dallas, TX, step-grandson Adam Palmer of Keller, TX, great-step-granddaughter Sarah Hortness of Austin, TX, great-step-grandson Riley Hortness of Austin, TX, great-step-son Karson Palmer of Grand Prairie, TX.
Memorials may be made to South West Bell County Volunteer Fire Department at 258 Triple 7 Trail, Killeen TX. 76542.
Special Thanks to SWBCVFD for all their help and kindness shown to us.
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