The Greatest Generation lost another of its own with the passing of Theodore J. Spurgeon, peacefully at the Ardmore Veterans Center, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the age of 95 years, 9 months and 23 days.
Ted was born Aug. 12, 1922, at Ardmore, to the late George L. and Ruth Esther (Cummings) Spurgeon.  A lifetime resident of Ardmore, he graduated from Ardmore High School, with the class of 1940.
Ted enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1942 as an Aviation Cadet, and following training at the Army Air force Central Flying Command he was appointed a Flight Officer. He then trained in B-24 bombers and was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant.  
Assigned to the 445th Bomber Group, 8th AF and stationed in England.   On a mission over Germany, his plane was shot down and he was captured.  After several months his POW camp was liberated by Gen. George Patton and soldiers of the US Army.
Lt. Spurgeon saw combat action in the Ardennes Rhineland, was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, with two bronze stars, the Prisoner of War Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Honorable Service Lapel button WWII and for wounds received in action, the Purple Heart.  Following active duty he served three years in the active reserve and another three years in the inactive reserve. In 2006 Ted was inducted into the Hall of Honor of the Military Memorial Museum for his service to our nation and the tireless and selfless volunteer work he did for others.
Ted worked for American Airlines as a dispatcher, for a ferry service delivering airplanes, managed Stromberg Lumber Company and became self-employed as a residential and commercial contractor.  A member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ted served as Chapter Chairman of the American Red Cross, was chairman of the Ardmore Airport Board and treasurer of the Ardmore Amateur Radio Club and American Radio Relay League.  For many years he was active in the Red Cross serving as mass care coordinator in the San Francisco earthquake; worked numerous hurricanes, tornadoes and floods with the Red Cross.
In 1948 Ted and Mildred Yates were married; she preceded him in death April 18, 1983.  He and the former Esther Anderson were married January 20, 1984 at Ardmore, and celebrated their 34th Wedding Anniversary this year.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Spurgeon of the home, several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Emmanuel Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Donny Custar.  Services will conclude at the church with Military Honors provided by members of the USAF.  Private entombment will be at the Hillcrest Mausoleum with the assistance of Mark Cunningham, Roger Day, Erick Dunn, Terry Dodge and Russell Noland III serving as pallbearers.  Honorary bearers include the Adult III Emmanuel Baptist Church, John Lofton, Gary Simmons, and Wesley Hull.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, Cross Timbers Hospice, or the Ardmore Military Museum.
Services have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, where condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.