Ottis S. Spraggins

Funeral services for Ottis S. Spraggins, age 91, of Jacksonville are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Matt Gregory and Nolan Scruggs officiating.

Burial will be on his ranch at the Spraggins Family Cemetery.

Mr. Spraggins passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Jacksonville.

Ottis Selvin Spraggins was born on Aug. 3, 1921, in Cherokee County to Jesse and Mary Jane Spraggins. He attended Enterprise School and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1940. He was a lifetime resident of Jacksonville, excluding his time spent in France in World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Mary Jane, and also his sister, Pauline Ritter.

On July 10, 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he served in Northern France as a Tech 4 in the 988th Ordinance Base Depot Company. He received the American Theater medal, EAME Campaign medal with a Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was discharged on Dec. 24, 1945.

He married Lottie Lou Martin in December 1951 and they purchased land in northern Cherokee County where he resided the remainder of his life. He worked numerous years as a tool and die maker, starting with Nichols Industries and retiring with Coil Tool & Die. He also worked for a period of time as a building contractor along with developing the Dogwood Hills subdivision on Lake Hawkins. He had the talent of being a self-made engineer. If an idea could be conceived in his mind, he could build it. He designed and built his own water well drilling rig and loved working on his ranch and being involved with cattle. He always possessed a strong work ethic and strived to provide well for his family. He was a strong component of education. He attended the Nazarene Church for numerous years.

Family was very important to him and he is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Lottie; a son, Rock, who considered his dad to be his hero; a cherished daughter-in-law, Sheri; and two grandsons, Jesse and Stephen. Also, he has two brothers, J.D. and wife Patsy Spraggins of Tyler and Jim and wife Janice Spraggins of Jacksonville, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be nephews including Nolan Scruggs, Jerry Scruggs, Roger Martin, Sammy Grimes, Danny Grimes, Scott Alexander, and grandsons, Jesse and Stephen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Kennon, Tommy Dement, Charles Wood, Claude Roberts, Don Maxwell, Mack McCaig, David Spraggins, Daniel Smith and Clay Bevel.

The family offers a special thanks to the staff of Twin Oaks Nursing Home for their devoted care. In addition, heartfelt thanks goes to the special nursing care at ETMC-second floor, Jacksonville, for their superior job during his last days, and a special thanks to his doctor of many years, Dr. James Low.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jacksonville Christian School, 1218 Corinth Road, Jacksonville, 75766.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 12, 2013