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May 29, 1935 – February 17, 2023

Spain, Bernard Arnold, age 87, of Chester, VA. Went to his eternal home the evening of Friday, February 17, 2023. Bernard was one of three children, born to Flora Jane Irvin and Thomas Beauregard Spain, in Richmond, VA.

He is survived by his wife, “Libby” Elizabeth C. Spain; sister, Helen Spain Berry; daughters, Cynthia Spain, Jennifer Pennison, and Tracey Scott; grandchildren, Ashton Bohannon (Vincent), Taylor Pennison, and Bryce Pennison; as well as two great-grandchildren, Alexander Bohannon and Avalynn Bohannon (and one on the way!) Bernard was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Beauregard Spain; mother, Flora Jane Irvin; sister, Ophelia Spain Cogle; and son, Paul Ashton Spain.

A man of strong faith, the biggest heart of gold

The word of God, cherished sermons were told

Master of carpentry, yet humble, simple man

His visions were art he built with his hands

King of the road, etched in gold

The words you saw, dangling from his key

Rustic Ford pick-up, 7-11 coffee

Nightly readings and prayers, these, his only needs

His smile now brightens the sky

Beaming as the clouds part at night

A smile we will always remember

A peaceful illuminating light

A devoted husband, loving father, proud grandpa, delighted great-grandpa, and a friend to so many.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2023, at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home – 3050 W. Hundred Road. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will directly follow the service at Sunset Memorial Park.

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