In Memory of

Paul Wilburn Spear

February 13, 1926 - June 5, 2020


Paul Spear, 94, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, Thursday, June 11, 2020 at First Church of the Nazarene, 11811 State Line Rd., KCMO, 64114. Burial in Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Church of The Nazarene Music Program or a charity of your choice.

Paul was born Feb. 13, 1926 in Crawfordsville, Indiana, to Perry W. and Lula Bell Spear who preceded him in death along with his brother James Spear and his wife of 65 years, Paulean Spear. Survivors include two daughters; Paula Bachman and Priscilla Sue Spear, a grandson Jon Reeves, a great grandson Jaxson Reeves and a sister Virginia Anderson.

Paul served in the Navy during WWII and was a member of the American Legion. He retired from the Nazarene International Headquarters as Director of Personnel and Services. Paul dedicated his life to improving the lives of people with special needs by serving on the boards of several group homes and sheltered workshops. For this, the MO State Senate presented Paul with the Outstanding Citizens Award.


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Paul was a member of our Sunday School Class, Commissioned. It was always a joy to have him in class. Paul was from an era of service to our country and he was very proud of his military background. He was a gentleman…ALWAYS! The mold was broken after God created Paul Spear. It was such a blessing to know him! I will miss you, my friend.

Paul was a friend of the Nash family! We will miss him greatly! May God bless his family!

Paul and Paulean were good friends of my parents back when they were students at Olivet Nazarene College. If I remember right, they all lived in the same little apartment house that my grandparents owned. They remained good friends of our family throughout the years, and it was my privilege to serve as their pastor at KC First late in their lives. Paul was such a remarkable man and was truly committed to serving others. May the Lord comfort Paula and Sue and the rest of the family in these days.

Paul had such a servants heart. I met him through his volunteering in the office at KCFC where I was youth pastor. I was moved by his desire to help in the ways he knew he still could as a 90 year old, which for the office were visitor database entry and trips to the bank. He made the most of his life in so many ways! He and I made many of those trips to the bank, and I could always count on a good car story, a good Nazarene history story, or the latest adventure he’d gone on with friends. He always kept me entertained! You’ll be missed, brother.

Paul was an inspiration!!! He guided and helped so many people, always traveling to assist others.

He was a light in the Men’s Prayer Breakfast sessions.

I would often see Paul at Macdonald’s Restaurant before our
Sunday School Classes and will remember his kind, gentle presence always.

Paul, Paulean and the girls have been friends of our family for over 50 years. After Paulean passed away Paul was part of a group that often went to lunch together on Sunday with my parents and others. He has been a great friend and support to my mom since my dad passed away. I am grateful for his friendship to her and to all of us. His energy and enthusiasm for life, especially in these later years have been an inspiration.

Shirley and I always admired you for you walk with the Lord. You are one of the ones
we missed the most when we moved back to Nebraska. We will be praying for your daughters.
Glenn and Shirley McDonald

Paul loved his cars and would often talk about the cars he liked. He was a proud father of Pricilla ( later she liked bring called Sue) and visited her a lot. He had a lot of Sue stories, which we enjoyed hearing about. I worked at Nazarene Theological Seminary will his wonderful wife Paulean. They made a great team at First Church and they were loved by many. Paulean was missed but now Paul has gone to be with his wonderful wife again. They are both missed but God welcome then into heaven.

Mr. Paul was a great man. With what’s going on in our country today. Yes this hatred toward our black brothers and sisters. I want you to know that Mr. Paul always treated me with love and respect every time I saw him. He was a sharp dressing man. I would compliment him every time I see him how sharp he looked and he would just smile!! when I missed church and the next time he saw me. He would say young lady where you been. I will miss his smiling face and his kindness and respect. Rest well Mr. Paul!!!!


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Thursday, June 11, 2020
First Church of the Nazarene
11811 State Line Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64114