Joe Spears was the chief engineer at Channel 41 for twenty years, from 1969 until he retired in 1989.
He was the first engineer of this television station and one of the most knowledgeable transmitter engineers around. Those who worked with him say he was a down to earth person who could fix just about anything (and he did).
The engineers at the station are among the hardest working people in the business, working around the clock to make sure our signal is on the air and reaching your home.
And that's what Joe did: worked make sure you could see our station, day after day.
Joe Spears died Saturday in Dothan, Alabama at the age of 89.
Prior to moving to Macon, Joe put WTVY-TV in Dothan, Alabama on the air. He also worked as that station's first engineer from 1955-1969.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 2 P. M. from the chapel of Ward Wilson Funeral Home in Dothan with Reverend David Willis officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Ward Wilson Funeral Home Directing.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel from 1:30 until 2 P. M.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Highland Park United Methodist Church, 1619 South Park Avenue, Dothan, AL 36301.
Joe was a native of Geneva County, Alabama and graduated from Samson High School and Jacksonville School of Technology in Jacksonville, FL.
Joe held a lifetime membership in the Dothan Elks Lodge and served 3 years in the U. S. Navy during WW II and several years in the naval reserve.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Linnie B. Spears of Dothan; his daughter, Wanda Doles and husband Dennis of Olathe, Kansas; Grandsons Jacob and Jonathan Doles.
Obituary information from Ward Wilson Funeral Home