Hubert Girdwood Tankie Spivey, 91, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at home in the Suites of Elmbrook Assisted Living Center in Ardmore. Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Courtney with Pastor Ronnie Carroll and Pastor Sherry Tadlock officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Chickasaw Nation will follow in the Bourland-Belleville Cemetery under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home in Marietta.  
Tankie was born April 23, 1928, in Wilson, to Frank Hubert and Rennie Winona (Watkins) Spivey. He grew up in Courtney Flat and attended school there for 10 years. He moved with his family to Bellevue, Texas in 1944 when he was 16 and graduated from there in 1946. He joined the US Air Force in 1948, but only served a year as his dad needed him at home after their family home in Bellevue was destroyed by a fire. He was then drafted into the US Army in 1950 during the Korean War. While home on leave, on June 18, 1952, he married Peggy Alice Dewbre. They got married at Courtney in the home of Tankie’s parents. Tankie and Peggy celebrated 66 years of marriage and raised two children, Jonette and Langdon. They spent most of their married life living in Courtney where Tankie enjoyed farming and ranching. Sharing the stories of the past and the history of his family was a passion for him, and he was a well-respected historian of the area. He was always very proud of his Chickasaw Native American heritage and citizenship and of being a descendant of the Chickasaw Love family. Tankie served on the Red River Valley Rural Electric Association Board, the Love County Election Board, the Soil Conservation Board, the Love County Hospital Advisory Board, the Love County Mental Health Board, the Love County Pioneer Museum Board, was a trustee of the Ouilda Johnstone Trust, and was a lifetime member of the Courtney United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer for many years.
Tankie is survived by his wife, Peggy; son, Langdon; daughter and son-in-law, Jonette and Ben R. Gadd Jr.; granddaughter, Jennifer Snow, her husband, Andrew and their children, Harrison and Georgia; step-granddaughter, Lori Wilson, her husband, Marty and their children, Matthew, Mitchell, and Lindsey; step-grandson, Ben R. Gadd III and his son, Cole Gadd; brother, Bryan Spivey; brother-in-law, Bill Dewbre and his wife, Linda; sister-in-law, Doris Jean Stutt; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  
Preceding him in death were his parents and brother, Danny Spivey.  
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff from Cross Timbers Hospice and the Suites at Elmbrook for their compassionate care for Tankie in the last months of his life. Expressions of sympathy in the form of a donation may be made to the Courtney United Methodist Church or the Bourland-Belleville Cemetery.  
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