MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Funeral services for Mr. Henry Spears, a longtime member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, are being announced.
Funeral services for Mr. Spears will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church, 455 West Jeff Davis Avenue.
Cards may be sent to 2069 Wabash Street, 36108. Flowers may be sent to Ross-Clayton Funeral Home, 1412 Adams Ave., 36104.
"Mr. Spears' life reflected his belief that a strong public education system is key to creating opportunities for students and building our communities," said Board President Beverly Ross in a news release. "He was a steadfast champion of children and a powerful voice on education and equality. He has left a lasting legacy in Montgomery and he will truly be missed."
Mr. Spears gave more than 32 years of distinguished service to the children of Montgomery County. He served under seven superintendents before retiring in 2008. Spears ran for his board seat in 1976.
In addition to shaping policy that yielded the best results for students, he served young people in other ways, too ─ as a classroom teacher, assistant principal at Carver High School, and executive director of the Cleveland Avenue YMCA.
Mr. Spears also distinguished himself by being the first African-American to chair the Montgomery County Board of Education, and was a Masters Honor Roll member of the Alabama Association of School Boards' Academy (AASB), vice president of the Steering Committee of the Council of Urban Boards of Education, and as district director and board member of AASB.
Over his lifetime, he won countless awards and recognitions for his service not only to Montgomery Public Schools, but to the community.
WSFA 12 News is seeking reaction from current board members. We'll have their thoughts on WSFA 12 News at 5 and 6.