Terrance W. Spencer, January 16, 1942~May 8, 2017

Spencer Terrance copyTerrance W. Spencer, 75, passed away peacefully May 8, 2017, after battling cancer for over 8 years. Born January 16, 1942, in Fayetteville, he graduated from Greenland High School, earned a business degree at the University of Arkansas, and joined the Fayetteville National Guard shortly afterwards. However, his life’s path was determined at 10 years old when he began working as a dishwasher at the small Mexican restaurant across from Drake Field. He moved up through the positions to be cook, and became its owner in 1968. In 1969 he closed the restaurant to manufacture his signature yellow corn tortillas and fried chips, which became Mexican Original Products, Inc., the third largest employer in Northwest Arkansas in the early ’80s. Terry’s ingenuity and persistence in spreading the popularity of the tortilla industry earned him recognition by the Tortilla Hall of Fame in 2010, and led to jobs using his food expertise for companies in Illinois, Nebraska and California after his company’s sale. His marriages gave him three daughters, Catherine (Rich) Hoster, Patricia Spencer and Connie Hicks, and seven grandchildren. His retirement in 2005 back to Arkansas led him to his loving companion, Susan Lushbaugh, who added to his family her son Douglas and her grandson. Susan was his tireless advocate as he was a warrior against cancer. Terry is survived by his daughters and two brothers, Donnie (Linda) and Stephen (Donna), and preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Janelle, and two sisters, Donna and Janie. His many friends through the years are invited to join his family for a celebration of his life, beginning at the chapel of Fellowship Bible Church, 1051 W. Pleasant Grove Rd. in Rogers, on Friday, May 19, 2017. Visitation with the family will be available beginning at noon, then the service is at 1:00 pm. Interment follows at 3:00 at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Elkins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan Community Center, 1211 W. Hudson Rd., Rogers, AR, 72756.

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    Name » 12. May, 2017

    Our love and prayers are with you in this time of loss and grief.

    Name » 12. May, 2017

    Terry was such a kind, caring gentleman and will be missed amongst our group of friends. He always had a smile and sweet words. One always felt good after being in Terry’s presence. Heaven has been blessed through our loss.
    Patty & Tom Prose

    Gloria Dible » 12. May, 2017

    Susan, so sorry for your loss…

    Chris and Alan Evans » 12. May, 2017

    Dear Cathy and all of your family,
    Your dad sounds like an amazing man. Thankfully, you had time together. Please find comfort in knowing that your dad is at peace and free of all pain. Sending you loving hugs. You’re in our hearts and prayers.

    Martha McBride » 13. May, 2017

    Your father was as great friend. As well as a GREAT father!
    I know you have many wonderful memories of him.

    Carl A Center » 14. May, 2017

    So sorry to hear of Terrance’s passing. Our prayers are with you at this time.
    Have good memories of him from our school days, playing ball together but
    the best memory is of the chili he made at the little Mexican Original Products
    facility on South School Ave. before it was sold to Tyson’s Food, the best chili
    ever without a doubt.