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Thomas "Bud" Walter Spivey III, 68, of Crossville, formerly of Bradenton, FL, passed away at Crossville Medical Center on May 17, 2016, at 1:30 a.m.
Bud was born on Nov. 12, 1947, in Bradenton where he was raised. He was a True Florida Native and enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Everyone who knew Bud knew he had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke.
During the Vietnam War he served with the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his gallantry in combat while saving the lives of others during wartime in the Republic of Vietnam.
He worked with the Bradenton Police Department, Bill Graham Ford, Bank of America and Crossville Ford. Bud was very active in the community, serving on the Manatee County Fair Board and Manatee 100 Club. He also donated time to numerous charities.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Spivey of 49 years; sons, Keith and Kenneth Spivey; grandson, Thomas Walter Spivey IV; granddaughter, Cortney Spivey Livsey; great-grandson, Brighton Thomas Livsey; great-granddaughter, Ella Rose Livsey; grandson-in-law, Joshua Livsey; sister, Sandy Nelson; and brothers, Billy Spivey and Larry Waugh.
A celebration of life will be held in Crossville, TN. Charitable contributions can be made to the American Lung Association or Disabled Veterans of America.
He will be truly loved and missed by his family and friends.
Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on May 26, 2016
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