Mrs. Janie Faye Raymond Spencer, 67 of Cartersville, Georgia passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Northside Hospital with her loving husband by her side. Funeral Service will be Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 12:00 Noon at the Church at Liberty Square, 2001 Liberty Square Drive NE, Cartersville, Georgia 30121.Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, 790 Indian Mound Rd SE, Cartersville, Georgia 30120. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the following organizations; American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this time of bereavement.
Janie Faye Raymond Spencer was born on January 28, 1954 in Statesboro, GA to the late Gabe “BJ” Raymond and the late Argentina Raymond. As a young girl growing up with seven brothers and sisters in a small, southern town, Janie learned the importance of community and family. Though heralded as her parents’ favorite and spoiled with countless treats and surprises, Janie and her siblings forged unbreakable bonds that made for a rich, fun-filled childhood. This foundation of family, laid throughout some of the most formative years of her life, would be the very foundation from which her legacy would form and extend to impact us all today. In 1973, Janie moved from Statesboro to Cartersville, GA. Upon moving there, she met
William Spencer - the man that would ultimately become the love of her life, best friend, and husband of 46 years. They were married on July 5, 1975 and to this union were born two
children, Courtney and Tiffany. Their home was filled with lots of laughter, never-ending conversations, and countless mouth-watering meals. It was not uncommon for her children - as well as many other fictive and actual kin- to make special requests for her best dishes. No one could make brownies or macaroni and cheese quite like Janie! Along with being an exceptional cook, Janie also loved to sew.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Janie leveraged her time and talents to make over 300 protective masks for friends and family throughout the country to help ensure their safety. She thoughtfully customized every mask to match the preferences and style of each person. Janie was entirely too stylish to let function eclipse the importance of beauty and style! When not at home caring for her family, Janie could be found supporting her local community. She was employed for over 30 years at the Georgia Department of Labor as a
Certified Global Career Counselor. Through her job, she helped thousands of people in the Cartersville-Bartow County community find jobs that helped them sustain their livelihood and provide for their families. However, her support and counsel transcended job sectors, resumes, and interview preparation. The advice, encouragement, and support she offered extended far beyond and birthed the confidence, hope, and strength those people would need in every part of their lives. Though she was a natural at building rapport and relationships with others, Janie pursued and ultimately attained her associate degree in Marketing from North Metro Technical College in 2001 to amplify her knowledge and skills for connecting with others.
Janie’s love for community and people came from her Heavenly Father who she served diligently and faithfully until her last breath. He impressed upon her heart at an early age and she began her walk in Christ as a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Statesboro, GA. She spent 17 years as a member of Glory Harvester Church in Cartersville, GA where she used her gift of praise and worship as both a soloist and member and leader of the Praise Team. She led many people to deeper relationships with Christ through her songs of praise and thanksgiving. She was often asked to share her gift of song as a soloist at various churches and events throughout the community. Some of her most notable solo performances include the Department of Human Resources Vocational Rehabilitation Annual Banquet, the Floyd Medical Center Oncology Department Annual Christmas Banquet, the Glory Harvester Church Annual Scholarship Banquet, the National Day of Prayer at the Georgia State Capitol, and openings for Candi Staton and Former First Lady of Georgia, Elizabeth Harris.
However, it wasn’t just the songs that she sang that were a praise to God, her life was a great praise to Him as well! Janie joyously served the Lord through numerous other ministries and outreach efforts. She served as the emcee and leader of several church and women’s conferences and was also the Youth Drama and “Real Talk” Youth Ministry Leader. She was a member of the Glory Harvester Church Jail and Prison Ministry at the Bartow County Jail and Hays State Prison. In 1993, she received the GHC Praise Team Award and the GHC Lady of the Year Award in 1995. At the time of her passing, she had been a member of The Church at Liberty Square in Cartersville, GA for 15 years, where she served as co-leader of the Networking Job Career Ministry in 2009.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gabe “BJ” Raymond and Argentina Raymond Ward, and her nieces Fianetta Raymond-Lippitt and Amelia Carson Smith.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband of 46 years, William M. Spencer; her children Courtney (Melanie) Spencer and Tiffany (John) Spencer-Price; her sisters Dorothy (Nick Sr, dec.) Ogden of Rincon, GA, Judy (Curtis, dec.) Zeigler of McDonough, GA, and Marnette Raymond Reid of Statesboro, GA; her brothers Billy James (Betty) Raymond of Jonesboro,
GA, Benjamin Raymond of Statesboro, GA, Wynton (Michelle) Raymond of Monroe, NC, and Eric (Cynthia) Raymond of Powder Springs, GA; her siblings-in-law Eloise (Elmer) Ellis of
Cartersville, GA, Carolyn Spencer-Holmes of Springfield, MA, Burnise (Deborah) Spencer of Cartersville, GA, Elliott (Vera) Spencer of Suwanee, GA, Jerome Spencer of Cartersville, GA,
Arthur (Angela) Spencer of Covington, GA, Rosa Spencer of Austell, GA, Christopher Spencer of Cartersville, GA, Dorothy (Aaron) Spencer-Carson of Cartersville, GA; her godsons Kalif
Raymond, Emmanuel James, and Daniel Tolbert; lifelong friend, Wynette Williams; special adopted daughter, Latoya Houston James; and a multitude of grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
If she could speak to us during this time, she would encourage us and point our hearts towards Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.” May our hearts and spirits be stilled knowing that Janie is resting in the arms of her beloved Savior.
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Mack Eppinger and Sons Funeral Service, Inc. are in charge of the arrangements.