Otis Spears was born on November 6, 1915 in Vickery, Texas. The farming family moved to Carrollton when he was five and there he graduated from high school. Spears was licensed to preach in the African Methodist Church in 1937, became an ordained Itinerant Deacon in 1943 and became an ordained Itinerant Elder in 1945.In 1959 he graduated from Southern Bible School, serving a total of 50 years in the ministry before retiring in 1988. The Reverend Spears pastored many country churches in locales such as Corsicana and Bonham during that time.
He moved to Frisco in 1979, and immediately began serving others and his community. The Rev. Spears was appointed to the Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission in 1982 and was elected to the Frisco City Council for a two-year term in 1983. He also served on the board of the Frisco's Project for the Future, the FISD's Community Education Advisory Council, and the Housing Authority.
From a family of six children, this father of seven children and six stepchildren and grandfather of more than 30 always had the interest of young people at heart. He preached special sermons for youth and also made himself available to schoolchildren. In his talks with young people he would encourage them to set goals, to use good judgment and to be committed to their studies. A dedicated reader, he never stopped studying throughout his adult life and never stopped helping others. The Reverend Spears was proud of his heritage and tried to impart these same feelings of pride and understanding to those he met. He remained active and involved until his death on April 11, 2000; his influence continues through his family and those who knew him.