James "Jim" Orgle Sprouse
June 16, 1929 - April 14, 2018
James “Jim” Orgle Sprouse passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Cox Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Llano Cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive friends for visitation at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Cox Funeral Home. James was born on June 16, 1929 in Brazil, IN to Hazel Dell Mitchell and Claire Douglas Sprouse at home on South Indiana Street. James Orgle Sprouse was the youngest of four Sprouse boys, Irvin Franklin, Douglas Claire and Leslie Lee. All his brothers predeceased him. Jim graduated Brazil High School in 1947 and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN for one year before enlisting in the Army Air Force on September 1, 1948. His first station was Lackland Air Force Base for basic training In San Antonio, Texas. From there he went to Biloxi MS for aircraft and engine training and then he was stationed in Wichita Falls at Sheppard AFB as an Instructor. Jim had several duty stations in Southeast Asia including Japan. He returned from Japan to Clovis Air Force Base where he remained until the fall of 1956 when he deployed to Germany. He told the story of listening to the
World Series Game on October 8, 1956 in which Don Larsen pitched a perfect game while onboard ship on his way to Germany when his baby girl was exactly five months old. The two of them went on to share a lifelong love of baseball, watching the Rangers together a week before his passing. After his
deployment to Germany, Jim returned to Clovis briefly and then was transferred to the Amarillo Air Force Base where he served until 1966. His remaining two years of service were at Lowrey Air Force Base in Denver where he retired with 20 years of service on October 1, 1968 as a Master Sergeant.
Jim's second career of twenty years was with Bell Helicopter Textron in Amarillo, Texas. He was a supervisor in overhaul and modification and the SPAR program. He retired from Bell Helicopter in 1988 and continued to enjoy many friendships with the Bell Coffee Group until his health declined. While Jim was stationed at Clovis Air Force Base, he took a trip to Amarillo with another NCO who as it turned out was his future wife's brother in law. Jim was introduced to the love of his life over a picnic in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Being the stubborn woman we all know Barbara Karle Trout could be, Jim had to ask her three times to marry him before she said yes, the third proposal also in Palo Duro Canyon. Jim and Barbara Sprouse were married on June 30, 1955 in Clovis, New Mexico, by a Justice of the Peace. Barbara went to sing with Jesus on January 9, 2010 after 54 years of marriage.
Jim enjoyed bowling, golf and keeping his yard meticulous. Jim loved new mechanics' tools and electronic gadgets. In his later years, Jim looked forward to Donut Dayan Friday mornings and Sunday supper with the whole family. Jim was always a good neighbor. Jim was a true Dallas Cowboys' fan, in good times and bad. Jim is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Sprouse-West born in Clovis and married to Dennis West, and Cindy Sprouse-Supina born in Amarillo married to Larry Supina all of whom live in Amarillo. The joy of Jim's life, in addition to his girls, are his grandchildren, Sheldon West and his wife Holly of Amarillo; Jim Naylor and his wife Tyla and their sons, James, Cooper and Andrew of Amarillo; Doug West and his wife Stefanie and their children, Cayden and Carleigh of Quantico, VA; Lauren Supina of Amarillo and Patrick Supina, of Germany, and his fiance Meghan Northrup of Seattle, WA; and his "little buddy," his faithful canine companion Ashton. Extended family includes two sisters-in-law, Reah Prevatt in Florida and Yvonne Edwards in Arizona, and numerous nephews and nieces across the country.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made in the form of donations to the USO which supports servicemen and women around the world every day.