Paul Gurney Spivey, 86

January 1, 1935 ~ April 5, 2021

Paul Gurney Spivey

Paul Gurney Spivey, 86, of Raleigh went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 5, 2021, after living a full and blessed life. Paul was born January 1, 1935, in Kenly, NC to the late William Arthur Spivey and Lula Mae Whitley Spivey and was preceded in death by his wife; Peggy Bowles Spivey in 2018.

He is survived by his children, Paula Barrington of West Chicago, IL., Linda Murray and her husband Eddie of Dudley, NC, Richard “Rick” Spivey of Charlotte and Judith Spivey, M.D., of Greenville, SC; grandchildren, Elizabeth Murray, John Barrington and Paul Barrington ; sisters, Betty Benson, Bertha Mae Campbell, Geneva Spivey and Shirley Brown. 

Paul always had a very strong work ethic. He worked for years at Occidental Life Insurance Company until he started his own printing company, Paul Spivey Services in Raleigh. After retirement, he started a new business, Durant Road Mini Storage. He was also a  Boy Scout troop leader. Paul had grown up on a farm in rural Johnston County. Later in life, he came to own 100 acres of farm land adjacent to the Little River. That same land today is farmed by the family of his dear lifelong boyhood friend, Paul Holland.

Paul and his wife were fortunate and blessed to have had many deep long lasting and special friends through Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and throughout the Raleigh community. Paul was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church for over 50 years. His church family and friends have supported each other during sickness, health, challenging and joyful times.

Paul’s caregiver, Jaeni Lin, was also a significant and loving part of the family. Paul had wanted her to be with him on his last day. He would be comforted to know that she was there holding his hand.

A celebration of life for Paul is at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon April 9, 2021 at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 7600 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church 7600 Falls of Neuse Rd. Raleigh, NC 27615 or Sunshine Seniors (children’s education fund) Mr. Harold Keith 820 Keith’s Rd. Knightdale, NC 27545.

Due to COVID face coverings and social distancing are appreciated.

Friends may visit with the family from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Friday afternoon prior to the service at the church.

The service will be live streamed, go to and click on “Live Streaming”.

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