Saturday, August 17, 2013

Thelma Ruth Cooper Sprayberry, 93, of 55 Stockade Road (formerly of Allen Street), Summerville, Ga., passed away on Aug. 16, 2013. A native of Summerville, Mrs. Sprayberry was born on July 1, 1920, the only child of Charles Obed Cooper and Annie Lee Bridges Cooper. She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius Edward Sprayberry, in 1989, and her elder son, Charles Edward (Eddy) Sprayberry, in 2012. She is survived by her son Phillip Kent Sprayberry of Clifton, N.J.; her daughter-in-law, Melinda Graham Sprayberry of Decatur, Ala.; several cousins, nieces and nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; and many friends. Mrs. Sprayberry was born in a house on Montgomery Street in South Summerville. She graduated from Summerville High School in 1937 and spoke fondly of playing on the girls’ basketball team. She was married to Julius Edward Sprayberry of Hall’s Valley on Sept. 7, 1941, in Walker County, and the couple built a house on Allen Street in the Bellah subdivision, where she lived for 70 years. She lived her entire life in Summerville except for two years in Boise, Idaho, where her husband was stationed during World War II. In the late 1930s and much of the 1940s, Mrs. Sprayberry was a certified beautician at Perry’s Beauty Shop, Myrtle’s Beauty Shop, Turner’s Beauty Shop and in Boise, but she chose to stay home when the couple had children. She was an active and faithful member of the Church of Christ and attended the South Commerce Street congregation since it was formed in 1941. Mrs. Sprayberry was a loving, caring lady whose most fulfilling work took place in and around the home, where she was concerned with the needs of her family and others. She was also a caregiver to numerous ladies at church and in the community. She was especially known for her baking, sewing and love of flowers. Through the years, she won many ribbons at the Chattooga County Fair in needlecrafts, baking and ceramics. Hers was a life of service: to her God, her family, her church and those in need. Even after moving into assisted living at the Suites at Oakview, she continued to send greeting cards, as she was able, to recognize birthdays and to cheer those who were ill and comfort those who had lost loved ones. A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Green Hills Memory Gardens with Ken Parker and Edwin Parks officiating. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Honorary pallbearers will be men from the South Commerce Street Church of Christ. Active pallbearers will be Tony Johnson, Earl Kinsey, Frank Sentell, Wilburn Shepherd, Benny Sprayberry and Neal Warren. Visitation will be Monday evening at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to “Preaching the Gospel with James Watkins” at or Gospel Broadcasting Network, P.O. Box 23604, Chattanooga, TN 37422.

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