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Services for slain family set for Saturday

Funeral services for three members of a Doddridge County family allegedly gunned down by a teenage son will be held this Saturday in Harrison County.

Fredrick Spencer III, 49; his wife Dixie, 47; and their 9-year-old daughter, Patience, were killed Monday at their home off W.Va. 19 North near West Union. Joseph Spencer, a junior at Doddridge County High School, is facing three first-degree murder charges in their deaths.

Services for the Spencers will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in the T. Edward Davis gymnasium at Salem International University in Salem, according to an obituary published online Thursday. Friends may call two hours before the service.

Harbet Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Fredrick and Dixie married on June 28, 1986, according to the obituary, and had four children: Patience Josette, known as "PJ," older daughter Elisabeth, and sons Ian and Joseph.

The two were active members of the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Salem and often  organized events there, according to their obituaries.

Frederick worked as an international pilot for UPS for more than 20 years. He graduated from Liberty High School and received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and aviation from Salem International University, then named Salem College.

He enjoyed reading, construction work and all outdoor activities, according to the obituary.

Dixie graduated from Pennsboro High School in Ritchie County and earned her bachelor's degree in biology secondary education from Salem College. She also received a master's degree in educational technology from the school.

She worked as a science teacher at Ritchie County Middle School. She was an avid reader and "very active" in 4-H, according to her obituary.

PJ was a student at Doddridge County Elementary School.

She enjoyed reading and swimming and wanted to become a doctor at St. Jude Children's Hospital when she grew up, according to the obituary. St. Jude is a cancer research hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The Spencers' older daughter, Elisabeth, is a junior at Marshall University, her grandfather Fredrick Spencer, Jr. told the Daily Mail Wednesday. She was in Huntington at the time of the shooting. The couple's oldest son, Ian, also was out of the house. He was on a date with his girlfriend, his grandfather said.

Family members suggested contributions to the Spencer Family Fund, 150 East Main St., Salem, WV 26426. Donors can remain anonymous by including a note in the envelope.

Contact writer Zack Harold at 304-348-7939 or Follow him at


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