J.L.  Spraggins
Graveside services for J. L. (Jimmy) Spraggins, age 88, of Jacksonville are scheduled for 10 a.m.
Friday, September 20, at the Tecula Cemetery with Connie Ramos officiating and grandsons serving as pallbearers. Visitation will begin Thursday, September 19 ,and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Jimmy passed away at UT Health in Jacksonville on September 17 after an extended illness.
He was born to Jesse & Mary Jane Spraggins on April 6, 1931, on the family farm north of Jacksonville and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1948. He felt the call to duty after graduation and in 1950, joined the Army National Guard and was assigned to the 132 Artillery - 49th Armored Division, in which he served honorably for 12 years, 11 months, until his discharge as an E7, Sergeant First Class, earning a medal for expert rifleman and awarded an Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Having an entrepreneurial spirit, he started his own business doing tile work, and later purchased a lumber yard which he named Spraggins Building Supply, which later changed to Cherokee Discount Lumber. Along with the building supply, he formed Jacksonville Ready-Mix Concrete Co., which operated numerous years as a supplier of ready-mix concrete, and Contractor's Construction Company, which operated as a dirt contractor and building contractor. In addition, he owned Cherokee Ready Mix, which operated as a trucking company for the ready-mix business.
As if not busy enough with all his ventures, in the 1980s, along with long-time friend, Comer Hudson, Spraggins purchased more than 2,000 acres of land on the north side of Jacksonville and developed the Caddo Trace Subdivision. If you had the privilege to know Jim, you had to like him as he was one of the most laid-back individuals there was.
Jim married Fay Dean in 1950 and they had three children, Deborah, Marcella, and David. After her death, he married Janice Wilson Minton in 1980.
Preceding him in death were his first wife, Fay; parents, Jesse and Mary Jane Spraggins; brother, Ottis Spraggins; sister, Pauline Ritter; and grandson, Anthony Constant.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Janice ,and children, Deborah, Marcella, and David. He served as stepfather to survivors Michael Minton and Dale Minton, as well as grandfather and great grand-father to numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Other survivors include a brother, J. D. Spraggins; sister-in-law, Lottie Spraggins; niece and nephew, Kathi Smith and Rock Spraggins, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Published on September 19, 2019


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Keith Redfearn
Sep 19, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are with you Janice,Deborah, Marcella and David as well as family and friends.