Spencer Lee was born December 17, 1935 to Vivian Bowens-Stevens and Ivy Bowens (both deceased). Left behind are his sister Ivy Bowens-Halcromb, of Sacramento, California and his brother Walter A. Stevens, of San Diego, California. Spencer Bowens had no children but had many nieces and nephews: Yvonne Allen, Joey Halcromb, Jr., Angela Renee Calhoun, Jerry Bretaliate Halcromb, Damita Jo Halcromb, as well as a host of grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Spencer grew up in a small community in the big city of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Simmons Elementary School and graduated from Sumner High in 1954. His mother realized at the age of two that he had passion for the arts so she kept him supplied with plenty of art materials.
In 1954, Spencer moved to Los Angeles, California. He worked days and attended evening classes at the Chouinard Art Institute. Moving to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1960, he lived and worked in the field of commercial art.
He returned to Los Angeles in 1962, and realizing that work was scarce within his field took a job with the YMCA. After several years of service he retired but never wavered from his love of art. Spencer cherished working with oil paints, water colors, ink and pencil sketching; he also had an eye for fashion designs.
Spencer was liked by many people from various ethnic backgrounds. He loved learning new languages. His robust sense of humor kept many challengers on their toes when displaying his skill as a pool player.
In the late 1980s, his sister, Ivy convinced him to move to Sacramento, California. He became a resident at Jefferson Manor now called Eskaton. In 2005, due to ill health, he became a resident at Saint Claire’s nursing center. Spencer succumbed to cancer and with his niece Angela Renee holding his hand died April 2, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
A memorial Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, April 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Sacramento, California.