The good ones go to soon. One of the most faithful, beloved Tiger fans ever has passed away. Roy Wayne Spurlock, loved by all, left a lasting mark on Tiger Athletics and the athletes he came in contact with. He left this Earth at the young age of 64 on Tuesday, July 9th, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. His funeral services were held last Saturday. Coaches and players’ he touched over the years had remarkable things to say about Roy, in tribute to the wonderful life he lived.
Coach James “Ivy” Burchell saw Roy in attendance at nearly every home game, and even most on the road. “Roy was a great person and a dear friend,” said Burchell. Clay County sports never had a better fan than Roy. He loved sports, and he loved our kids. He will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him.”
Coach Jamie Gilbert knew the impact Spurlock had on his girls during their incredible run all the way to the final four of the state tournament. “The passing of Roy leaves a huge void in the hearts of all that knew him,” said Gilbert. “Roy was an exemplary fan, person, and friend. He was an unconditional fan of Tiger sports. He has been there thru thick and thin, good and bad. Coaches and players will always respect that, and will always remember that quality in him!”
Tiger Basketball coach Glenn Gray had this to say about Roy: “Roy was as dedicated of a fan as this program has ever seen, he typifies our fan base. He was loyal, kind to everyone he came across, and a good friend. I believe we were the last game he watched against Bell County in a scrimmage, and he did so with a smile on his face. He will truly be missed.”
Players he impacted had numerous things to say as well, such as Tiger star athletes Shelby Phillips, Connor Robinson, and Kaylee Mathis. Mathis had this to say: “Roy was the Lady Tigers biggest good luck charm. You could always bet on him to be in the stands supporting us, no matter if it was home or away. I am so thankful for his support through our basketball team that led to him becoming like family to me. I invited him to my church and he came numerous times. I am blessed to have known such an amazing, kid man who created such an impact on my life. I know he’ll cheer for our Tigers in heaven forever.”
Robinson knows that Spurlock was the Tigers number one fan, and he would look to the stands to see Roy cheering him on. “He was so dedicated to Clay County basketball that he would even attend practices,” said Connor. “He came to our summer games even while ill, and it meant so much to the team because he showed us no matter how bad he felt, he would always find a way to support us. It felt good to look up in the stands and see Roy cheering us on. This upcoming season is for Roy!”
Shelby Phillips was fortunate to see Roy not only on the court, but behind the backstop during softball as well. “He was definitely our biggest fan,” said Phillips. “There was no doubt in any of our minds that Roy’s truck would be sitting in the outfield or right outside the gym doors anytime we hit the court or field. He loved us, prayed for us, and supported us more than we deserved. I’m forever thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know him. We sure lost not only a good man, but the best fan we could’ve ever asked for.
Roy Wayne Spurlock, 64, in the hearts and minds of Tiger fans everywhere. May he rest in peace.