MOUNT VERNON — Eldon Wayne Spearman, 93, of Mount Vernon, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at his residence.

Eldon was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Knox County, to Lester and Martha (Diehl) Spearman and had lived his lifetime in the Green Valley area. Eldon was a farmer by vocation but he loved his horses. He raised and trained race horses and was well known and respected for his equine expertise. Eldon enjoyed fishing at local ponds and hunting. He spent his early years at Jewell Dairy delivering milk. He was a member of the United States Trotting Association, Liberty Grange and the Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his daughter, Candy Laymon of Mount Vernon; granddaughters, Laura (Brian) Frazier and Christin (Wesley) Garver; great-grandchildren, Makayla Frazier, Griffin Garver, Owen Garver and Sophia Garver; his brother, Herbert (Aileen) Spearman; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge Mike and Kokie Spearman, Phil Spearman and his children, Brad and Linda Spearman, Jill and Cephas Macklin, Nina and Mark Boucher and Amy and Cliff Carpenter for their help in assisting with Eldon’s care.

Eldon was preceded in death by his wife, Avanelle (Gadd) Spearman; a daughter, Shaunette Spearman; brothers, Clarence Spearman and Leland Spearman; sisters, Evelyn Mills and Janet Winand; and a great-nephew, Travis Boucher.

Friends may call Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Thom Fowler officiating. Private burial will be in Green Valley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church through the funeral home. To share a memory or send a condolence to the family, visit

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored, to have been selected, to serve the family of Eldon W. Spearman.


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