John Calvin Sprouse, 51, of 1890 Calf Mountain Road, Waynesboro, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 8, 2012 at his residence.
He was born on December 7, 1960 in Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout his life, he was affectionately known as “Willie,” “Bozey” and “Johno.” John attended Middlebrook Church of God and was employed by Blue Ridge Building Supply in Crozet, Virginia. He volunteered with HOPE: Humanitarians of Pet Education, befriending and rescuing abandoned cats and dogs. He never knew a stranger or forgot a face. He always had a joke to tell or a dog treat on hand to give to his customers’ dogs at work. He loved the Baltimore Orioles, Indianapolis Colts, Matt Kenseth, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Walt Disney World. His smile will be greatly missed by many friends, coworkers and relatives.
He is survived by his wife of twenty six years, Bobbie Sprouse of Waynesboro; his mother, Helen Lois Sprouse Gardner and step father, William Gardner of Craigsville, Virginia; two sisters, Cynthia Sayers Lane of Orlando Florida and Bonnie Sprouse of Craigsville; a brother, William T. Campbell of Staunton, Virginia; a special aunt, Mickey Jones of Craigsville; a niece, Marilyn Lane of Orlando; three nephews, Jimmy Lane of Orlando, Jamie Knight and Donnie Knight and wife Shaina, all of Craigsville; three great nieces, Ashleigh, Emily and Carlie Knight, all of Craigsville; a great nephew, Jamie Knight, Jr. of Craigsville; a special friend, Colonel Doug Byers of Middlebrook, Virginia; and his beloved dogs and cats.
A celebration of John’s life will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene in Craigsville with Pastor Larry Strickler officiating. Pallbearers will be Harold Knight, Jamie Knight, Donnie Knight, Russell Baker, Wesley Mitchell and Anthony Lumsden. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Byers and Mike Temple.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Craigsville Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HOPE, Humanitarians of Pet Education, P.O. Box 3112, Staunton, Virginia 24402. Online condolences may be submitted at www.mclaughlinandyoung.com.

13 Comments

  1. John my friend i will always remember your smiling face..Everytime i seen you you had one to share.Heaven will be getting an Angel just by the way you lived your life and treated people and animals.You had a good soul.May you rest in peace in the kingdom of Heaven!

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  2. Mr. & Mrs .Gardner,Bonnie, Jamie, Donnie & Mickey,
    Our hearts go out to each of you. We want you to know we are praying for you all. So sorry for your loss. Love, Doug,Dusty,Whitney, Jessica, Bethany & Jared Cox

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  3. Bobbie,
    So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Please know that you are in my prayers! Much Love!

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  4. Bobbie, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Nothing is harder than losing someone you love. But friends can help the healing. Please know that you have friends who care. May God Bless You, Comfort You, and Give You Strength.
    With deepest sympathy, June Blosser

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  5. I met John when they moved here from Baltimore. We always had a connection as really good friends. And come to find out, we were kin to each other. He was a big tease and loved to pick. John was a good man. I will cherish the memories I have of him. My heart goes out to his wife and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. John will be missed. Sleep with the angels John. Gone but not forgotten. RIP…..

    Love,
    Cheryl

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  6. Bobbie,

    I am so very sorry! Words become difficult, but please know I am thinking about you and have you in my thoughts and prayers. Please call me if you need anything, including a listening ear: 241-1042. Amy Brown

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  7. BOBBIE SPROUSE SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR HUSBANDS PASSING YOUR FAMILY & YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS & PRAYERS DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. MAY THE LORD GIVE YOU PEACE & STRENGTH DURING THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS LOVE YOU LOTS IN CHRIST GWEN MARIE CARROLL FROM ARC OF AUGUSTA

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  8. Bobby, We are so sorry to hear about John, God has another Soldier. May God bless you with strength and peace.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Tim, Chancellor, Mia & Jenny (Byers) Moran,

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  9. Dear Bobbi, You are in our prayers. May you find comfort in the memories and strength through the Lord. That is where the healing will be. Please remember always that you are loved.

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  10. Bobbie we are so sorry for your loss john was like a brother we never had we will always remember his smile and his love for his animals you are in our thoughts and prayers if theres anything we can do please let us know.Mr.and Mrs.Gardner we are so very sorry for the loss of your son he was a friendly young man who always had a smile on his face know that yall are in our thoughts and prayers if there is anything we can do please let us know.Bonnie i am sorry for the loss of your brother you are in our thoughts and prayers if there is anything we can do please let us know .We love you all and we are deeply sorry for your loss John will forever be in our hearts forever

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  11. To the entire sprouse family we are deeply sorry for your loss John will forever live in our hearts

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  12. Dear Bobbie,
    We are so very sorry to hear of John’s passing and know you must be devastated! Please know that Neil and I are praying for you during this difficult time. All our love to you – Eva & Neil

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  13. Bobbie,

    I just got the email from Angie and can’t believe it! I am so sorry about John. You will be in my prayers.

    Love,
    Karen

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