Sonny and the late Joanne McSpedden have deep ties to the area – Joanne’s mother’s family, the Salmons, originally settled in Little Elm but ran the first hotel in the new railroad town of Frisco. Joanne began her schooling in Little Elm but came to high school in Frisco, where she met T.H. “Sonny” McSpedden Jr., son of the Frisco First Baptist Church’s beloved pastor “Brother Mac.”
Sonny McSpedden retired from American Airlines after a more than 30-year career. Joanne held many positions in Frisco even acting as the town’s newspaper reporter for a few years when her children were young. She retired from J.S. “Bill” Christie, Inc. after 26 years. He served two terms as a school board member during the years FISD built a new high school - now the site of Staley Middle School and Memorial Stadium and track - from 1970 through 1976. She was very active in supporting the Frisco schools and the Heritage Association before her death in 2010.
The McSpeddens were part of a group of active young parents in the 60’s and 70s who took the Frisco Homecoming Parade (which evolved into the Frisco Community Parade) to a new level of community involvement. They helped build one of the community’s first floats – a big red apple with a green worm sticking out of it that represented Acker Elementary.
The McSpeddens’s three children all attended the Frisco schools – daughters Joni and Elizabeth and son Russell. Joni is married to Buddy Minett, a former member of the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees and former Frisco City Council member. Joni and Buddy have fulfilled the legacy begun by her parents and have been active with school organizations and with the Frisco Community Parade for decades. Their five daughters graduated from FHS, and one now teaches in FISD.
As Frisco grew Sonny and Joanne were a big part of the “old” Frisco that helped embrace newcomers while helping to keep those connections that made Frisco special, easing the transition of Frisco from small town to a friendly city.