John Carroll Spain

Rev. John Carroll Spain, age 89, of Alabaster, AL, went to be with the Lord Friday, February 3, 2017. Carroll proudly served in the U. S. Army during World War II. After he came home, he continued his employment with VJ Elmore Store as a Shipping Clerk until he retired. He was the founder of the Calera Full Gospel Church of God, where he built it from the ground up, selling donuts or whatever he could to build it. He was the former State Overseer for Full Gospel Church of God for the State of Alabama. He continued to serve the Lord by volunteering for Meals on Wheels. He was predeceased by brothers, Leroy Spain and YZ Spain; sister, Elizabeth Spain Franklin and brother-in-law, Bobby Lucas. His survivors include his wife of 66 years, Willie Mae Spain; sisters, Voncille Lucas, Margo Parrish (JC), Betty Jean Ellison and Marie Spain and a host of other family members and friends. A visitation will be 6-8, Monday, February 6, 2017 at Charter Funeral Home. A Funeral Service is 11 am, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Funeral Home. Charter Funeral Home directing.


  1. Mike Ganey on February 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Bro Spain was truly a man of God! I’ve known him for over 50 years. He always represented God to the fullest. He was truly a Blessing singing, playing the guitar, and preaching.

  2. Victoria Hilyer Campos on February 6, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Carroll Spain was an amazing man, my Uncle and a great example of what a man that loves the lord looked like. He bought my first Sunday school dress, for not only myself, but for my older sister as well. He had an amazing gift of singing and playing the guitar , he was offered a big recording contract from Nashville, and passed it over for his love and commitment of serving the lord. He would garden, and bring vegetables to our house. He always seemed to have a huge smile and would always be testifying about the good of God. Rest In Peace.
    Much Love,
    Vickie, Isabella , and sending much love from your sister Marie.