Lieutenant Oscar W. “Bill” Spurlock (1944-2018)


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Lieutenant Oscar W. “Bill” Spurlock (1944-2018)

Bill was born January 7, 1944 to Oscar, a general store owner, and Flora (Hudson) Spurlock in Oneida, Kentucky.

He joined the Warren County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff on May 24, 1976.  During 1978, he trained as a police canine handler and served as such until 1980.  During 1980, Deputy Spurlock topped the promotional exam and was promoted to Sergeant.  He was later promoted to Lieutenant.  Lieutenant Spurlock was an Ohio Police Officer Training Academy-certified instructor and firearms instructor for pistol, shotgun, and tactical rifle. He was also a certified armorer for the Sig Sauer pistol and Remington shotgun.  From 1983 until his retirement, he was in charge of range qualification.  He retired as a Lieutenant on May 31, 2003, but continued on as a Special Deputy until December 30, 2016, having served Warren County for 40½ years.

Lieutenant Spurlock was a member of the Gideon Road Baptist Church, Warren County Fraternal of Police, and National Rifle Association.

He passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family, at the age 74.

Lieutenant Spurlock is survived by his wife of almost 31 years, Lanetta Spurlock; children, Robert (Sue) Spurlock, Stephanie (Bobby) Poston, Patrick (Tina) Spurlock, Susan (Mike) Marshall, Lynn (Mark) Hawkins, and David Henderson; and 14 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Baker-Stevens- Parramore Funeral Home at 6850 Roosevelt Avenue in Middletown.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018, with Reverend James Anderson officiating.  Interment will take place at Lebanon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at 15120 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.


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