BEMIDJI -- Felix Hollier Spooner, 71, Bemidji, died Monday, June 24, 2002, at home.
He was born Oct. 22, 1930, in New Orleans, La. He graduated from Fortier High School in 1949. He attended Southeastern Louisiana College. He graduated in 1951 with a major in bass and music education. He married Lois McClelland on June 5, 1951, in Whiting, Ind. He atteneded Mississippi Southern College and earned a master's degree in music education. He continued to work toward a doctorate in music education at Mississippi Southern and North Texas University in Denton, Texas. His first job was in Columbia, Miss., where he taught band. He moved to El Dorado, Ark., where he started a string program in the fifth and sixth grades. He taught in Texas and conducted an orchestra. He left North Texas University to accept a position at Bemidji State College in 1963. He retired in 1991. Throughout his career, he played in many orchestras including the Heartland Symphony of Little Falls and Brainerd. He also conducted that symphony for four to five years. He was a member of the Timbertones, a barbershop quartet. He belonged to the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. He also belonged to a group called Nostalgia.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Cindy Morrison, Hastings; a son, Hap Spooner, St. Cloud; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
His parents, and a daughter, Joy, died earlier.
A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at St. Bartholomew's Church. Memorials are preferred to North Country Hospice in Bemidji.
Arrangements are with Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji.
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