J T was born in Fairlie on March 22, 1925, to Stella Ruby Rice Speight and John Authur Speight. He attended schools in Fairlie and Commerce. He was the owner and operator of Speight Mobil Stations in Commerce. His hobbies included riding horses, motorcycles, boating, camping and spending time with his family and friends.
On October 7, 1950, he married Geraldine “Jerry” Sparkman at the England Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his son, John Lewis Speight (Rita); his daughter, Kathy Speight Black (Floyd); his brother, James Arthur Speight; his grandsons: Chris Black and Nathan Speight; his granddaughters: Amy Hillen, Ginger Atchley and Kelly Cole; and, his great-grandchildren: Cody Black, Eli Black, Lucas Black, LynLee Atchley, Jacob Atchley and Noah Hillen.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Geraldine Sparkman Speight; his parents, Arthur and Stella Speight; his brother, Robert Lee Speight; and, his infant grandchild, John Speight II.
Pallbearers will be Floyd Black, Chris Black, Cody Black, Randy Atchley, Jackie White and David Huffman.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Speight, John Speight, Monty White, Bob Monday, Steve Speight and Robby Speight.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be conducted immediately following the visitation (11:30 a.m.) at Sonora Cemetery in Fairlie with Rev. Jerry Speight officiating and Kelli (Speight) Cole as eulogist.
In lieu of usual remembrances the family has requested that memorials be made to the Sonora Cemetery Association c/o Carolyn Burt, 6312 CR 4714, Commerce, TX 75428.