Avanelle F. Gadd Spearman

February 13, 1930 ‒ September 13, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Avanelle F. Gadd Spearman, age 88, of Green Valley, walked for many years with the Lord and on this day, Thursday, September 13, 2018 entered the glory of Heaven hand in hand with the Lord. Avanelle was born February 13, 1930 in Mount Vernon to Echols A. and Mae L (Stull) Gadd and had most spent her lifetime in the Green Valley area and helped her husband Eldon on the family farm and their years of thoroughbred horse racing. She was a graduate of Fredericktown High School, and had served as a member of the Fredericktown School Board for 16 years. In their younger years, Avanelle and her sisters performed as a vocal group in the Fredericktown and Green Valley area. She was a member of the Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church and for many years served as a lay witness at the Green Valley United Methodist Church. She had been a member of the Child Conservation League in Fredericktown and participated in bowling leagues and many bowling tournaments throughout the state.

Surviving are her husband Eldon W. Spearman whom she married January 2, 1949; her daughter Candy Laymon; granddaughters Laura (Brian) Frazier and Christin (Wesley) Garver; great grandchildren Makayla Frazier, Griffin Garver, Owen Garver and Sophia Garver; sisters Mary Braddock, Garnet Lee Cover, Betty Belle (John) Shaw and Carol (Alden) Coe; and brothers Wesley (Irene) Gadd and Shelton (Mary) Gadd. Avanelle was preceded in death by her daughter Shaunette Spearman, son-in-law Ronald Laymon, and brothers-in-law Dale Braddock and Howard Cover.

Friends may call Monday from 1pm to 3pm at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown where a funeral service will follow at 3PM with Rev. Thom Fowler and Rev. Dr. Lucian Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Green Valley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church or Heartland Hospice through the funeral home.

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  • My dear sweet Aunt Avie was always a Godly example to us all. I am so blessed to have had her in my life. She is undoubtedly my favorite aunt. She will be forever missed. Our loss is definitely Heaven’s gain. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21. Aunt Avie believed that, she lived that, and she gained eternal life !

  • Our deepest sympathy and friendship are being sent to Avenelle’s entire family. This is a sad loss for all of you and for the community. Hopefully, everyone will have favorite memories that will help you through this difficult time. She will be once again reunited with the loved ones who have gone to Heaven before her, and that will be glorious. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Susan (Nash) and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • With Sincere Symphy to the Spereman Family My thoughts and prayers go out to you all ! God Bless 🙏🙏🙏

  • Dear Laura & family,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you for the loss of your grandmother. I know she was very special to all of you. Blessings, Diana & Dennis

  • To all family members, so very sorry for the passing of Avie, you were all so blessed to have all of you until now, Vondie lost another classmate as well, many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Granny was an amazing woman! I loved her like my own grandmother. She took me to my first prayer meeting when I was 12. At that meeting I was saved!! She is the one who told me about Jesus.
    I will forever hold a very special spot in my heart for Avanelle and her entire family.
    Laura I love you and you entire family. I am so sorry for your loss. However, Granny is in glory right now.

  • Dearest Aunt Avie had a big heart! I’m thankful that she was always a part of my life. Although we will miss her dearly, no doubt she is rejoicing in heaven. We meet again Aunt Avie!

  • Our sincere sympathy to the family of Avanelle. She was a Godly woman, serving her Lord as well as her community. She was the first mother that I knew of to say goodbye, see you later, to a child taken early from cancer. She shared kind words with me from one mom to another. I’ve missed waving as she passed by our house. She is in Gloryland now.
    Blessings to Eldon, Candy, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and siblings.
    Deanna and Dallas Tackett

  • Laura,Brian and Makayla,

    We extend our sincere sympathy at the loss of your loved one. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Byron, Jill, Austin & Serena Rock