ALBANY -- Lonnie "Wolf" Spears, 76, transitioned from this life to his spiritual life on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at the River Road Church of Christ at 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Albany, GA with Senior Minister & Elder Robert L. Clemons, Sr. officiating. The remains have been cremated.

Lonnie was born in Harwood, TX May 19, 1936 to the late Ruben and Leola Spears. He attended school in El Dorado, TX and later the family moved to Luling, TX. Lonnie left home in 1956 to serve in the Army and later joined the United States Navy where he served for 22 years. During his distinguished Navy career, he served on the USS FORESTAL, USS KITTY HAWK, USS INDEPENDENCE and the USS AMERICA, receiving multiple individual and campaign service awards and completing a combat tour of duty in Vietnam.

Upon returning from Vietnam, he was stationed at the Naval Air Station, Meridian, MS where he met his future wife Phyllis and son Michael. After retiring from the Navy in 1976, Lonnie, Phyllis and Michael moved to Albany, GA where Lonnie and Phyllis married in 1978.

In the "Good Life City", he joined some of his closest friends in launching the infamous CBS Lounge & Restaurant, where he became famous for cooking the world's best chicken wings. Lonnie's secret seasoning, barbeque ribs and special sauce were often imitated, but never duplicated. In addition to cooking at CBS, he obtained his professional truck driving license and worked for the Wingate Trucking Co., and later Southern AG Trucking Co. Lonnie started his own restaurant and catering service in 1982, where he catered for special events and several organizations, including: Boy Scouts of America, Quail Unlimited and various plantations around the city. He rounded out his professional driving career with Flint River Services, and retired in 2004.

His life will live on in the hearts and memories of those who knew and loved him: his loving and devoted wife, Phyllis Spears; his son, Michael Blackwell (Diana) of San Diego, CA; two grand-daughters, Victoria Blackwell of Atlanta, GA; Alexandria Blackwell of San Diego, CA; two grand-sons, Nathaniel Blackwell of San Diego, CA, and Nicholas Sepulveda of Atlanta, GA; three brothers, Clyde Spears (Mary) of San Antonio, TX; Robert Lee Spears (Irene) of Ottine, TX; Ruben Spears, Jr. (Rosetta) of San Antonio, TX; four sisters, Hazel Lee Brown (Roosevelt) of San Antonio, TX; Geraldine McKenzie (Mack) of Luling, TX; Pearline Graddy (Tom) of San Antonio, TX; and Katherine Jones (Richard) of Seguin, TX and a host of nieces and nephews.

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