March 23, 1943 - December 8, 2015
James (Jim) H. Spradley, Jr. died December 8, 2015 at age 72 in Irving, Texas after losing the battle to Glioblastoma. He was born March 23, 1943 in Grayson County, Texas to Lornadee Taylor and James Herbert Spradley, Sr. He was preceded by his two younger brothers, Michael and Richard, and his mother, Lornadee Spradley. He is survived by his father, James H. Spradley, Sr. of Plano, Texas; his wife, Charlene “Charlie” Wilson Joyce Spradley; his son, James H. Spradley, III “Trey” and his wife, Tina of Ocala, Florida; his daughter, Kimberly DeVonde and her husband Jefferson “Jeff” of Monroe, North Carolina; his daughter, Shannon Phillips and her husband Chris of Cypress, Texas; by six grandchildren, Christina Spradley-Carpenter, Justin Spradley, Chase DeVonde, Kendyl DeVonde, Archer Phillips and Spencer Phillips; and two great grandchildren, Levi Ray Freet Spradley and Connor Spradley-Carpenter; and many friends who loved and admired him.
Jim grew up in Sherman and other west Texas towns. In his final year in high school, he joined the US Air Force serving from 1961 until 1965 and married his high school sweet heart, Bernice Martin. After the military he enjoyed a lengthy career in the insurance underwriters salvage industry. In his mid-forties, he moved away from Texas to North Carolina where he met and married Charlene “Charlie” Wilson Joyce.
He became a professional baseball umpire; a sport he and his brothers loved as children. He was active in professional, college and youth sports; officiating baseball games and tournaments. He was an instructor at the Sunbelt School of Umpires. He worked closely with the American Little League Baseball Society of Charlotte, North Carolina for many years establishing Little League teams and tournaments throughout the Carolinas.
In the 1990’s Jim and family moved to Irving, Texas. He and his wife started an antiques business in downtown Irving, Texas at 135 Main Street called 135 Antiques & Etc. Several years later, they moved the business to 1800 North Story Road in Irving, Texas. He enjoyed the antiques and collectibles business and will be remembered by the community for his amazing stories and breadth of knowledge.
Graveside services will be in North Carolina at a later date when the all of his beloved family can gather to honor the life of a truly remarkable man. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in his honor.
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Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061