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Bobbie G. Sprayberry Obituary
Bobbie G. Sprayberry

Jackson

Bobbie Grace Sprayberry, age 81, of McCool, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2012, in Jackson after being hospitalized since May, 2012. She was born in 1930 in the small rural farming community of Pleasant Grove, MS and had seven siblings. Bobbie's family moved to the McCool community in 1941 and she graduated from McCool High School in the spring of 1948. Bobbie continued her studies at Holmes Jr College and obtained a degree in history and English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1952. Upon graduation from USM she accepted successive one year teaching contracts at Eupora, Ackerman and Vancleave. In the fall of 1955, Superintendent N.E. Taconi of Ocean Springs High School asked Bobbie to come to work for the district and tasked her with establishing a first class library system to further the educational experience of students at Ocean Springs High School. Bobbie took her responsibilities very seriously and she attended classes during the summer at USM and obtained a masters degree in library science. Bobbie dedicated her professional time and efforts to advancing the school library resources and she was a pillar for the school library system until her retirement in 1985 as head librarian at the Junior High. Bobbie worked tirelessly to keep pace with the growth of the Ocean Springs school system as the Class of 1955 at Ocean Springs High was a mere 12 students while the Class of 1985 at Ocean Springs had grown to well over 300 students. Bobbie was devoted to taking care of her family and her students and never pursued marriage because she knew her calling was to help others. Bobbie was a former member of the Ocean Springs chapter of the Eastern Star and a

very active and current member and past president of Delta Kappa Gamma international honorary teaching society for over 50 years. She has devoted countless

hours of public service through these organizations. Bobbie's faith and service to God was very clear to anyone who knew her. She was a long time member of St Paul's United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs and has been a faithful member of Liberty Hill United Methodist Church in McCool since her retirement.

Bobbie is preceded in death by her parents William Francis and Texie Allen Sprayberry, five brothers, Hubert, Paul, Pelham, Clovis and Earl and two sisters, Marylene Skinner and Bonnie Burton.

She is survived by brother-in-law, Ira Burton of Saucier and sister-in-law, Betty Jean Sprayberry of Jackson. Bobbie is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, students and friends. A special acknowledgment is made to Bobbie's longtime college classmate and friend Nora Gainey of Yazoo City as well as Bobbie's longtime assistant Nina Winters of Ethel.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five until eight o'clock in the evening, on Friday, the 3rd of August, at Jordan Funeral Home, 845 Hwy 12 East, Kosciusko, MS 39090.

Funeral services will be at eleven o'clock in the morning on the 4th of August at the funeral home with Revs James Threadgill, Doyle Mitchell, and Harold Sprayberry

officiating. Interment services will follow at McCool cemetery in McCool.

In lieu of flowers, Bobbie would prefer donations be made for the betterment of the community. Donations in her honor are gratefully appreciated at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church in McCool and/or the Ocean Springs School District - Jr/Sr High Library. Bobbie was passionate about students reading on a regular basis as the more you read the better your chances of advancing your education. If you were a student at Ocean Springs Junior/Senior High from 1955-1985 you know that Ms Sprayberry was strict on behavior but was always willing to help you find that special book. Some people have

asked what was Bobbie's favorite book. That answer is very easy. The Bible. Bobbie would say to you "Read it, practice its teachings and educate others to the Lord."

Published in Clarion Ledger on Aug. 3, 2012
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