Tribute to a man who paid tribute to all fathers (extended play)

Back in March, I called Dr. Allen Mask in Raleigh to complain that I hadn’t heard from our mutual friend, Richard Spencer.

I called, texted and emailed the dude, I lamented, but I still got no reply.

Richard, Dr. Mask sorrowfully informed me, had died three months earlier.

He was 78.

Spencer was the Wadesboro native who wrote and sang lead on The Winston’s Father’s Day perennial, Color Him Father.

He was also a retired beloved schoolteacher in Wadesboro.

Even though I knew intricately from our many convers