Charles Spence of Strike King Lures dead at age 52 Charles Spence of Strike King Lures dead at age 52
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    Charles Spence of Strike King Lures dead at age 52
from McCoy (205.188.193.31)  
6/24/1999 2:43:00 PM

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 I just read in the Fishing Tackle Retailer that Charles Spence, former owner of Strike King Lures, died May 15th. He was 57 years old. It says he loved fishing so much that he once fished for 52 consecutive days.

In 1967, he bought Strike King for $3500.00. He turned the small operation into one of the largest manufacturers of spinnerbaits in the world.

Spence sold the Colliersville, Tennessee company in 1995 to Ray Murski, a sales rep. who had worked with Spence since the early days. Spence retired to Weatherford, Texas where he devoted much of his time to horses, although he still served on the Strike King Board of Directors.

On May 15, Spence was participating in the Silverado Cutting Horse Championships in Weatherford. He won the first event, then soon after completing the second event, collapsed and died of heart failure.

Spence is survived by two sons, Chad Spennce and Brad Spence; a brother, Ken Spence; and two grandchildren.


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