Gladys Alyene “Gator” Ellis Spivey | Beaufort County Now | Mrs. Gladys Alyene “Gator” Ellis Spivey, age 80, a resident of Blounts Creek, died Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.

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    Mrs. Gladys Alyene "Gator" Ellis Spivey, age 80, a resident of Blounts Creek, died Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.

    The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington.

    Mrs. Spivey, affectionately known as Gator, was born in Bethany, Oklahoma on September 26, 1941. She was the daughter of the late Helen Ellis. Gator was a homemaker. In her spare time, she enjoyed drawing, painting, singing, playing cards, and solving search and find puzzles. Gator loved watching TV, especially Fox News and Westerns, including Gunsmoke.

    On June 6, 1963, Gator married John Nelson "Bill" Spivey, who survives.

    Surviving with her husband are her children, Leona "Onie" Swain and husband, Ron of Arapahoe, Billie "B.J." Spivey of Edward, Susan Spurling of Oklahoma, Cecy Spivey of the home, Joel "Joe" Spivey of the home; eight grandchildren, Kim, Dee Dee, Kevin, Skyla, Robbie, Maranda, Jamie, Joe Joe; eleven great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Betty, and Shirley both of Oklahoma.

    In addition to her parents, Gator was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Michelle.
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