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Don Carlos "Dude" Spence, 81, died Sunday, November 25, 2012.

He was born July 16, 1931 in Old Austin, to Hayward and Donnie Spence. A graduate and longtime supporter of Cabot High School, he was one of the members of the 2009 Cabot Panther Education Foundation Inaugural Hall of Fame.

He served many roles in his community, county and state, including Cabot School Board and Lonoke County Judge, for which he served for 16 years.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margie Dean Spence; children, Carla Baldwin, Paula Vance, Kevin Spence and Stacey McMinn and husband Jimmy; grandchildren, Todd Baldwin, Clay and wife Kerry Baldwin, Whitney and husband Chris Dickens, Josh Dorton, Blair Baldwin, Myka and husband Keith Galloway, Taylor Spence, Spence Hart, Mackenzie Spence, Madison Hart and Brannon McMinn; great-grandchildren, Zoe Baldwin, Wren Baldwin and Talin Galloway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Cabot, with Will Feland officiating. The family will welcome friends at their home following the service.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Margie and Dude Spence Scholarship, through the Cabot Scholarship Foundation, 200 W. Main St., Cabot, Arkansas 72023 or to Beyond Boundaries, 2195 Peyton St, Ward, Arkansas 72176.

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