Alabama Academy of Honor


William Micajah Spencer, III

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 2002 and in 2010.



William Micajah Spencer, III was born in Birmingham, Alabama. His parents were William Micajah Spencer, Jr. and Margaret Woodward Evins Spencer.

Following grade school Bill Spencer entered Baylor Military Academy at Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he graduated with honors in mathematics. After completion of his studies at Baylor, Bill Spencer enrolled at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. This institution of higher learning awarded him a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. As a result of his excellent grades, Bill Spencer was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity.

Mr. Spencer and his wife, Virginia Beeland Spencer, are the parents of four children and the grandparents of seven.

During World War II, Bill Spencer served his country for four years in the United States Marine Corps. He was separated from the United States Military with the rank of captain.

Upon his return to civilian life, Bill Spencer immediately interested himself in the economic, civic, cultural and educational life of his community and state.

Mr. Spencer was the prime mover in establishing Motion Industries, Inc. which became one of the more successful business enterprises in the state. This business created an environment which was a model for many companies, in terms of employee relations and the fulfillment of community obligation.

Bill Spencer served his community and state well in civic affairs - the Chamber of Commerce, the Festival of Arts, the United Way. During his term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the museum was renovated and expanded so that it is now considered one of the finest regional art museums in the United States. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Alabama Great Southern Railroad, AmSouth Bank, B.E. & K. Inc., Southern Research Institute and Robertson Banking Company, Mead Corporation and Genuine Parts Co., Inc.

Bill Spencer worshiped at St. Like's Episcopal Church in Birmingham.

Mr. Spencer died on March 28, 2010.