MPO Spencer Daniel Bristol

Born in Nashville, TN on October 9, 1988

Departed on December 30, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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MPO Spencer Daniel Bristol of Hendersonville, passed away unexpectedly in the line of duty, on Monday, December 30th, 2019, at the age of 31. Spencer is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Sylvia and Bobby Smith, paternal grandmother, Rachel Richards, aunt, Patricia Buchanan and the family bulldog, “Gunny”. He is survived by his loving wife, Lauren Hudson Bristol and their daughter, Eloise, parents; Dan and Lee Ann Bristol, sister, Ashlen (T.J.) Farmer, sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hudson, mother and father-in-law, Donna and Ray Hudson and grandparents; Darrel and Lola Bristol.

Spencer was born on October 9th, 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Station Camp High School in 2007. While at Station Camp, he was on the track and cross country team and played football. Spencer joined the United States Navy in 2007 and was a Corpsman. He was stationed in Pensacola, Florida and Twentynine Palms, California. He was deployed to Afghanistan with the 1st Marine Division, 3/4. After his honorable discharge from the Navy in 2012, Spencer joined the Hendersonville Police Department in 2015 as a Patrol Officer. He was assigned to the Flex Team and the S.W.A.T. Team. He was recently promoted to Master Patrol Officer. Spencer served both his country and his community with honor and pride.

Spencer was a member of Hendersonville First Baptist Church where he volunteered with the Special Friends program. He enjoyed fishing and duck hunting, action movies and watching Sons of Anarchy. Family was very important to Spencer. He was a loving husband and adored his daughter Eloise. Spencer and Eloise would often go to the “duck park” and then to McDonalds for cinnamon rolls. His most cherished times with Eloise was when he would take her to Strike and Spare to play the ticket games in what Eloise called “Daddy Eloise Day.”

Spencer was an extraordinary young man who lived life to the fullest. His family describes him as being selfless, always putting others before him, positive and reassuring. Spencer will be dearly missed by his loving family, those he served with in the Navy, his fellow officers with the Hendersonville Police Department and by the community he loved to serve.

A celebration of life service for Spencer will be held at Hendersonville First Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 7th at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday, January 6th from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM and again on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. Burial will take place following the service at Hendersonville Memory Gardens with Military and Police Honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to 100clubsumner.org in support of Spencer’s family.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

68 Comments to MPO Spencer Daniel Bristol

  1. Flora Harbin
    January 1, 2020 4:31 pm

    Praying for your family. Romans 8:38-39. Flora Harbin

  2. Ken Jones
    January 1, 2020 5:00 pm

    Spencer you made the world a better place. Rest In Peace brother.

  3. Res.Ofc. Chuck Simpson
    January 1, 2020 5:14 pm

    God bless him and his family, MPO Bristol is a true friend and a great officer, a role model for everyone. He will be missed.

  4. Billy Anderson
    January 1, 2020 5:25 pm

    My friend, you made a difference in the world and your passing leaves a void that will be hard to fill. Thank you for caring for others more than self. I will miss you.

  5. Michelle
    January 1, 2020 5:26 pm

    So glad I got a chance to meet you…u were the sweetest friend….may you rest in peace Spence♡

  6. SSgt David M. Hale, USMC
    January 1, 2020 6:07 pm

    To the Bristol Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Spencer. You all are in our prayers. Please be comforted by the truth of God’s word. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” And from 1 Corinthians 15:51-58:

    Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

    “O Death, where is your sting?
    O Hades, where is your victory?”

    The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

    Thank you, Doc, for your faithful service to God and our country. SEMPER FIDELIS!

  7. Gary Covington
    January 1, 2020 6:19 pm

    Slow Salute Sir
    Rest easy in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ
    and greet the souls of those who you have protected.
    Amen

  8. Ham and Vickie Frost
    January 1, 2020 6:32 pm

    Spencer, thank you for watching over our city. You will be missed.

  9. Cyndi Anderson
    January 1, 2020 6:34 pm

    May his family find peace and strength within each other. May God embrace him in his Heavenly Kingdom with all angels and saints. My heart hurts for you all! I did not know him personally, but I have heard of him through my son, who too, is an officer at Gallatin PD and was in the Academy with him. He speaks very highly of him. They are the same age! I know God has plans for you all and will help you all through this. May God Bless you all.
    Cyndi Anderson…aka Officer Crunk’s mom.

  10. Shari Slater Kirker
    January 1, 2020 6:39 pm

    As poet Thomas Campbell said, “To live in hears we leave behind, is not to die.” Spencer will live on in the hearts of all who ever knew him. I am truly honored to have worked with him.

  11. Diana Carillon
    January 1, 2020 6:57 pm

    I am so extremely sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep your family & Our Community in my Prayers.😢❤️💔😢✝️

  12. Karen and David Griffith
    January 1, 2020 7:16 pm

    Your life mattered! Thank you for serving our country and our cities. Even in your passing, you are touching and reaching thousands….God bless you. Trust all of us to pray your family through this tragedy, until they see you again. Thank you for everything.

  13. Shirlee Rand
    January 1, 2020 7:25 pm

    Thank you for your service! My prayers go out to your family and all your many friends.
    Rest In Peace Spencer 🙏🙏🙏

  14. Mychal Royal
    January 1, 2020 7:31 pm

    I will miss Spencer more than words can describe. A true hero The ultimate friend. Such great memories that I cherish. Wonderful Father and brother . Praying for LeeAnn And Dan. Can’t imagine he’s not coming home. Many blessings to his wife.

  15. Jim and Alice Bachman
    January 1, 2020 7:48 pm

    Our respect to a brother at arms serving his nation and who honorably lived his life . Rest In Peace Brother Bristol and our condolences to your family

    Jim and Alice Bachman.

  16. Adam & Jennifer Hunsucker
    January 1, 2020 8:22 pm

    Praying for Spencer’s family and the HPD. Thank you for your service. Our hearts are broken for your family.

  17. Jennifer McCutchen
    January 1, 2020 8:34 pm

    Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  18. Eddie Roberson
    January 1, 2020 9:12 pm

    Our city has lost a dedicated peace officer who gave his life so we can live in safety. He died with the same antique courage he lived each day. While our hearts are broken, we thank God for such a man of valor that we had the privilege of knowing. We will never forget his sacrifice. Eddie Roberson

  19. Lindy Johnson Fain
    January 1, 2020 9:31 pm

    So sorry for the loss in your family Danny, my prayers will be with you all for peace and comfort

  20. A loving member of this community.
    January 1, 2020 9:36 pm

    Lauren, and your precious Eloise, our hearts break at your loss. We don’t understand why you are deprived of his presence. We do know he will be in the presence of our Great God Almighty! What happens here? We only know that you are loved by this community. We hope you will love us back. Please read Jeremiah 29:11. He has a plan for all of you.

  21. Just someone who knew Spencer
    January 1, 2020 9:58 pm

    To the Bristol family,
    I had the great honor of knowing Spencer. I met him back in 2015 and he helped me with allot…he was an amazing man amazing father and great cop…I will pray for y’all. It breaks my heart knowing he’s really gone..I am truely sorry for y’alls lost…

  22. R.E. Blumenberg, Retired LEO from Wisconsin
    January 1, 2020 10:58 pm

    R.I.P. Officer Bristol. We’ve got your watch from here. Condolences to his wife and family.

  23. P Miller
    January 2, 2020 12:36 am

    I am just a long time Hendersonville citizen not personally knowing Officer Bristol. But I have heard and seen enough about his life to know we have suffered the loss of a giving, caring and devoted young man and is heartbreaking. I have no doubt he was doing what he loved-protecting people like me-people he didn’t even know. And I am certain he did not want to leave so suddenly his wife and precious daughter. What an exceptional heart this man had. But Officer Bristol was loaned to us all from God. May we all learn from this horrible situation and from such a precious soul. God decided Officer Bristol’s job here on earth was done and called him home. May we never forget what a valuable gift to humanity he was. Thank you Officer Bristol for protecting us for most of your life. Your service and kind heart will never be forgotten. Prayers for comfort to all family including the HPD.

  24. Linda Baker
    January 2, 2020 5:34 am

    God bless you and your family. Thank you for your service. Your work is done on earth. Rest in peace

  25. A close friend
    January 2, 2020 10:27 am

    Spence touched my life in so many ways and I will forever miss him. He taught me that there are still good people out there and words cannot describe how terrible this news was to receive. We have so many good memories that I will cherish forever. I will continue to hold him close to my heart every day. He lives on with us & we might not be able to call his phone or see him but we can feel he’s there watching over us like he always has. My thoughts and prayers go out to his hurting family. My dear friend, may you rest in peace knowing that your family has your watch now, and your friends will never forget who you were. I pray the park gets named after you so we have something to go visit and talk to you when we feel we need you the most. With love Spence. -A close friend.

  26. Jim and Alyce Bava
    January 2, 2020 10:56 am

    Matthew 5:9 says, Blessed are the peace makers, for they will be called children of God. Thank you Spencer for your service to our country and the community where you served and protected. Rest in Peace.

    May the Peace of God that surpasses all understanding be upon the Bristol family and friends. The Bava family knows your grief and pain and the long hard journey through the wilderness the family and friends must travel. MSHP Trooper James M. Bava, EOW Aug 28, 2015.

    Please reach out to us if we can be of any assistance. Also, please look into the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) organization. They helped our family tremendously with emotional support after our son’s line of duty death.

    • Donna Hudson
      January 3, 2020 9:12 pm

      Jim, thanks so much! You were one of the first people I thought of when this happened. I’ll be sure to reach out when I’m home in St Louis, and I’ll let Spencer’s wonderful parents know that you and your wife have walked this path and encourage them to reach out. We so appreciate the prayers – as you know, they’re holding us up as we grieve. Thanks and God bless you and Alyce.

  27. Brenda Sayres
    January 2, 2020 12:42 pm

    Lauren may you know you have prayer Warriors on their knees praying for you and your family! God Bless! Your Aunt Nancy Best Friend in Knox City Hugs and prayers

  28. Jamie Everrett
    January 2, 2020 1:17 pm

    I met you at my job you came in everyday you was a
    Very nice person always had a smile on your face you was a
    Great officer thank you for your service may god bless you
    My love and prayers are with his family during this hard time
    God bless you all

  29. Mary Hurst
    January 2, 2020 1:29 pm

    All though I never had the honor to know Officer Bristol my heart goes out to his Family and fellow officers.
    We thank you for your severe as an Officer and a Veteran.
    Nothing will replace him but, I hope you find comfort in knowing he is now is Gods service.

  30. Rev. Jon Briggs , Chaplain Ret.
    January 2, 2020 3:31 pm

    Respect and prayers for peace and comfort. May you know this community support you folks.

  31. Rev. Jon Briggs, Highland Chapel Union Church
    January 2, 2020 3:37 pm

    Respect and sympathy, our prayers are for peace and comfort. Your community is now and will be there for you folks. Officer Bristol will be in our hearts .

  32. Donna Clark
    January 2, 2020 4:28 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father of your child. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time!

  33. CD and Judy Cox
    January 2, 2020 5:17 pm

    Thank you for your service..praying for all your family and friends. May you RIP Officer Bristol

  34. Starr Griffy
    January 2, 2020 7:54 pm

    To the Bristol family,
    Spencer was a precious young man. I always called him my Black Belt Buddy. I watched him grow up and he always wanted to help others. I also kept up with his Afghanistan Tour. He would occasionally stop by the bank and see me, always had a great hug for me. I am so proud of Spencer. I know he is in the Kingdom of God. He will be missed, and I pray for the Bristol family.

    • Dan Bristol
      January 5, 2020 11:51 pm

      God Bless you Star! Spencer loved you and cherished your friendship. Thank you for the kind words and prayers. Thank you for always encouraging and supporting him.

  35. Andrew Craig
    January 2, 2020 8:32 pm

    Rest in Peace, servant warrior.Thank you for all you did for all of us.

    Praying for your family in this most difficult time. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God hold you firmly in His grip, and may He bless you with comfort and peace as only He can.

    “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.”–Psalm 34:18

  36. Sherry La Dart
    January 2, 2020 11:58 pm

    God bless you and your family. Rest In Peace, Sir.

  37. Jennifer Forsyth and children
    January 3, 2020 4:09 pm

    I am so sorry to the Bristol Family for your loss of a great great man, as a fellow member of First Baptist Church you touch many! Your family is so sweet and so loving and what wonderful service work to the community of Hendersonville Tn and beyond.

  38. Tom Hartsinck
    January 3, 2020 4:20 pm

    My heart is so saddened at the tragic passing of this wonderful officer, MPO Spencer Bristo. The community of Hendersonville grieves at his passing. We have lost one of the finest officers and citizens of this great city. I pray for the Lord’s comforting blessing to be with his wife, daughter, and the rest of his family. I also pray for the Lord to comfort and strengthen the great men and women of the Hendersonville Police Department. Thank you to each member of the HPD for your dedicated service to our city. And especially thank you, MPO Bristo, for the outstanding, unselfish, and ultimate sacrifice and service you gave to all of us. You will always be remembered!

  39. Laura Cain (Boeing)
    January 3, 2020 7:24 pm

    Everyone who works with Donna is so sorry for your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  40. Major Thomas Shandy and Family
    January 4, 2020 7:41 pm

    Spencer was a true warrior. Even as a karate student, he stood out from the other teenagers in class. He was an incredible example for others and elevated the spirit of students and teachers alike. He had a positive energy that was uncommon and contagious. He joined the 1% of the population who volunteered for military service during the height of the wars in the Middle East. As a navy corpsman, he fought alongside the Marines and patched up his fellow service members. He later volunteered again to serve his community in Hendersonville. He could have pursued other professions, but his heart guided him to volunteer to serve his country and his community. Spencer’s desire to serve others and to sacrifice himself for the good of the community make him unique. He even took the time to keep up with my family as we continued on our journey in the Army. He grew from one of my most treasured students, to a fellow veteran, to a shining example of the warrior spirit. Let us never forget that he and his family made the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless you Spencer, and may he guide your family through this difficult time.

    • Dan Bristol
      January 5, 2020 11:46 pm

      Dear Thomas, thank you for sharing your heart with us regarding Spencer. He so valued your mentor ship and friendship over the years. Your kind words bring comfort in the face of our shattered hearts. You definitely knew him well and you were a part of helping us to mold him into the honorable and selfless leader he was. God Bless you and your beautiful family!

  41. Nicole and John Graves
    January 5, 2020 12:26 pm

    To the Bristol and Hudson families,

    My family and i are deeply saddened to hear the news about Spencer. Donna has shared so many warm stories of the joys she has during her visits to Tennessee to visit with Spencer, Lauren and Eloise.

    We will continue to pray for all of you during this time. Though we didn’t know him in life, it is clear Spencer made a lasting impact on so many people. I hope you find some comfort in knowing his legacy lives on through sweet Eloise.

    Blessings and much love to you.

  42. Scott Brooks
    January 5, 2020 1:30 pm

    Rest In Peace Brother. Prayers for peace and comfort for your family. You will be missed.

  43. Vicky Shoulders
    January 5, 2020 9:27 pm

    In a very short time you touched and protected our Country and City with all your might. You leave a huge hole in everything you touched because of your dedication you can’t be replaced. A friend for a short time but but touched our life. Bless this family

  44. ROBERT L GOODWIN
    January 6, 2020 5:19 pm

    Any words will fall short of the expressing the gratitude we have for this young man. Of his commitment to his duty, and sacrifice to our nation as a law enforcement officer. Our son also shares this call of duty, he is with the Nashville police department. And I just wanted to tell you, we are praying for you and that the Peace of Jesus will sustain you through this indescribable time. May God bless Spencer and hold him near as well as everyone that loved and respected him. With the most sincerity I can express, Officer Bristol, I salute you good sir.

  45. John Johnson
    January 7, 2020 10:38 am

    Spencer’s service and heart have been felt all the way from
    Hendersonville, TN to Summerville, SC. We didn’t have the honor of knowing him but we can clearly see his impact on the community and the world. Our prayers are with all of you as we ask for the peace that defies understanding from
    Our Heavenly Father to cover all of you who knew and loved him and we ask God to draw you closer to Him and to each other in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

  46. April Foster
    January 7, 2020 1:51 pm

    God bless this beautiful family. I’m a Goodlettsville resident , I want to thank this family for MPO Bristol…. What a great man , officer , and last but not least veteran. I was just watching the service and cried the whole time watching. Please know you are loved and thought about

  47. J. Palmer
    January 7, 2020 4:56 pm

    My heart breaks over the lose of MPO Bristol. As a citizen of Hendersonville, in early 2017 he assisted my daughter and I during a difficult time regarding a domestic situation. I was utterly amazed at the level of protection and care that was shown to us, like that of a brother or a father. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I knew that God had reached out and worked through Officer Bristol to show that He was with us.
    My deepest condolence and prayers for the Bristol family, HPD and all the community of Hendersonville TN. May MPO Spencer Bristol’s legacy leave a lasting mark on us all!

  48. Lisa Drum
    January 7, 2020 5:37 pm

    Rest in peace Officer Bristol. God bless your family and friends! I salute you Sir!

  49. Carolyn and Francis Kovac
    January 7, 2020 5:45 pm

    Our hearts are filled with sadness in the loss of Officer Bristol. We remember that warm smile he always had upon meeting people. He will be missed but not forgotten. It was our pleasure to know him. He was truly a good person, who stepped up to protect the community of Hendersonville. For his service we are truly grateful. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family, and our thoughts and prayers will be with you. May you find peace and comfort in recalling wonderful memories shared with him

  50. JC Valdivieso
    January 10, 2020 12:36 am

    RIP shipmate!

  51. SgtMaj Michael Gonzalez
    January 10, 2020 10:58 am

    RIP Warrior and prayers to your family. Semper FI !!

  52. 1stSgt Jack Landrum USMC (Ret)
    January 11, 2020 2:30 am

    Job well done, RIP…….Semper Fi and God Bless

  53. Donna Sayre
    January 11, 2020 8:29 am

    Fair winds and following seas, Doc.

  54. Linda Frazier
    February 1, 2020 9:09 pm

    RIP Officer Bristol thank you for your services you will be greatly missed

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