May 23, 1960 - March 15, 2021
Lisa Lynn Spears passed away on March 15, 2021. Our hearts are broken.
Lisa was born in Lawrence, Kansas on May 23, 1960, the daughter of Billy Earl Spears and Doris Spears. Her father preceded her in death, and her mother passed away five days after Lisa's death.
Lisa was the proud mother of her two sons, Remington Houston Spears Tenpenny and Billy Michael Spears Gibler.
Lisa grew up in a home full of love and music. She also grew up with three older sisters whom she loved to tease and annoy with her goofiness. She had a great sense of humor. She pampered her cats and loved all baby animals.
Lisa was a gifted musician. Growing up hearing her father's fiddle, family visits to Oklahoma which were full of family music in her grandparents backyard and home, and many band practices and musical jams in her childhood home, Lisa fell in love with the sounds she heard. She soaked it all up and learned to play the steel guitar at the age of 15, and soon began creating her own unique style.
Lisa sat in and played with her father's band every chance she got.
Full of talent, hopes and dreams, Lisa took the leap and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1981. She played with several groups including Tina Carol and Little David Wilkins. Her star shined when she joined a group of talented female musicians, who for a few years were proud to be known as Porter Wagoner and The Right Combination. Some of Lisa's proudest moments were meeting Little Jimmy Dickens and Ray Price, and performing on the Grand Ole Opry and The Ralph Emery Show.
Lisa also had the privilege of being one of the youngest female steel guitar players to perform at the InternationalSteel Guitar Convention in St. Louis, Missouri in 1983.
Lisa was also preceded in death by her sisters Sally Dee Spears and Lawna Gay Spears Blevins, her nephew Christopher Latham, and her son Billy's father, Michael Clark Gibler.
Survivors include her sons Remington and Billy, sister Carol Spears Latham (Carl), niece Ashley Causer (Dustin), great-nephew Emmett Causer, great-niece Daya Causer, Remington's father, Tommy Tenpenny, niece Kelly Blevins and her children Tristen, James and Bella.
Lisa will be missed by her many cousins, extended family and friends.
Due to Covid and the safety of those Lisa loved, a celebration of life is being planned at a later date.