George Speer Obituary (2022) – Abbeville, SC

Chief G. Mason Speer, Jr., 79, resident at 313 Wilewood Rd. Husband of Connie Yeargin Speer passed away peacefully on Friday at Self Regional Healthcare.

He was born on April 19, 1942 to the late G. Mason Speer, Sr. and Mary Shaw Gilliam Speer.

Mason graduated from Abbeville High School in 1960, where he played offensive and defensive lines for coach Tommy Hite Sr. In 1965 he graduated from Lander College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mason worked for the South Carolina National Bank in Greenwood and Abbeville for 18 years, where he headed the Abbeville Branch for the last few years. After working at the bank, he worked for Reithhoffer’s Amusement and Entertainment as a public relations manager for 2 years. He then took over his family business, Henry Gilliam Florist, which he and his family ran until they sold it in 1996. He continued his role as Abbeville Fire Chief since 1987 and retired in 2012. He served a total of 49 years with the Abbeville City Fire Department, both as a volunteer and as chief.

Mason also proudly served in the U.S. Army / National Guard for 22 years.

Mason lived a life of serving his community and those around him, including serving in Lakelands FCA, Abbeville High School Booster Club where he was a past President, Abbeville Youth Athletics, IPTAY Clemson Representative for Abbeville County, Spring Festival Committee, SC Fireman’s Association / Former Fire Chiefs President Avid Clemson Tiger and Abbeville Panther Fan have volunteered as equipment managers / instructors for many years.

He was a devoted member of Abbeville First Baptist Church, Sherry Wilson Sunday School Class, serving as a deacon, men’s ministry, and various other fields. He loved serving and being with young men, encouraging them to reach their full potential and knowing that Jesus loved them.

Most of all, he loved his family, friends, and most of all his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Survivors include: his beloved wife of 56 Connie Yeargin Spear of the House; a daughter Jennifer Speer Simmons (Luke) from Abbeville, SC and a son George Mason Speer, III (Tripp) (Hannah) from Abbeville, SC; five grandchildren Christopher Simmons (Taylor), Joseph Simmons, Abe Speer, Nate Speer, and Titus Speer; two great-grandchildren Quinn Simmons and Emmy Simmons; two adopted sons Benji Parent and Britt Parent and a niece and nephew Susan Anderson Schneider and Hal Anderson.

He was preceded in death by a sister Samuella Speer Brown.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the Abbeville First Baptist Church Christian Life Center under the direction of Rev. David Little and Rev. Reiny Koschel. The funeral will follow in the Greenwood Memorial Gardens with Full Military Honors and Fireman’s Honors. The family is at home.

The family will receive friends at the Abbeville First Baptist Christian Life Center on Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monuments commemorating Mason can be sent to Abbeville First Baptist Church, PO Box 825 Abbeville, SC 29620 or Lighthouse Ministries, C / O Jared Willey 132 Fawn Valley Lane Abbeville, SC 29620 or the Lakelands FCA, PO Box 50707 Greenwood, SC. be judged 29649.

Condolences are available online to the Speer family by visiting

The Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home and Cremation Services supports the Speer family.

Published by The Index-Journal from January 1st to January 2nd, 2022.

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