Hope (Elder) Spragins
Hope (Elder) Spragins, 75, of Batesville died Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at UAMS in Little Rock. Born November 2, 1939, in Piggott, Ark., she was the daughter of Vilas and Marie Elder.
Other than spending time with her grandchildren, Hope loved to travel with her family and friends. She was a retired teacher and loved serving others. Hope was actively involved as an Elder and Clerk of the Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Batesville, First Presbyterian Church Choir, Lyon College Presidents' Council, Lyon College Phi Mu Sorority Advisor, Lyon College Flute Choir, Lyon College Honorary Alumni Award, PEO Sisterhood Chapter BQ past president, Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member, ATHENA Study Club, Old Independence Museum Volunteer, Ozark Foothills Literacy Project 2015 Tutor of the Year, organizer of Go Red, Bridge Clubs, and was an accomplished fisherman and tap dancer. She will be remembered for her wonderful laugh and smile. Hope enjoyed watching the pursuits of her granddaughters: April in the band; Clara and Tressie in their Thespian activities; Laura, Rachel and Mallory in volleyball; Hannah in all of her sports (volleyball, basketball, softball) and Jill in dance.
Survivors include her son, Clint Parton and Patti of Jonesboro; stepdaughters, Melissa Qualls and Scott of Batesville and Stacey Rhoades and Tom of Hardy; a sister, Faith Welshans-Hogan of Bryant and a brother, Vilas Elder of Jonesboro.
The joy of her life were her granddaughters: Laura Marie Clayton (Chad) of Plano, Tex., Rachel Elizabeth Colananni (Mick) of Waco, Tex., Mallory Grace Parton of Jonesboro, Clara and Tressie Rhoades of Hardy and April, Hannah and Jill Qualls of Batesville; four nieces and one nephew; and her special friend, Dr. Bill Beller, of Batesville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. Fitzhugh Spragins and daughter Kelly Marie Purtee.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 29, in the First Presbyterian Church of Batesville with Reverend Leslie Roper leading the service. Burial will be prior to the service.
Pallbearers are Aaron, Blake and Caleb Price, Steve Purtee, Chad Clayton and Mick Colananni.
Honorary pallbearers include Brad Welshans, Brien Hall, Dr. Bob Walton, Mickey and Shirley Coe, Bob and Jeanne Fitzgerald, Raye Rogers, Bruce Johnston, Don Weatherman, Cliff Tackett, Harold Roller, McGhee Coe, members of the Lyon College Phi Mu Sorority, Lyon College Flute Choir, all members of her Bridge Clubs and Dinner Club.
Special thanks to Nurse Linda Krepps, Donnie Sutton and Dennis Brezler.
Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Phi Mu Sorority, Hope Spragins Fund, 2300 Highland Drive, Batesville, Ark., 72501, First Presbyterian Church of Batesville, 775 East Boswell Street, Batesville, Ark., 72501 or the charity of your choice.