Marvin Odell ‘M.O.’ Spry

Published 2:03 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mr. Marvin Odell “M.O.” Spry, 93, of Salisbury, died on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House.

He was born July 20, 1924 in Davie County to the late Esther Broadway Spry and James Brady Spry Sr. He was educated in the Cooleemee Schools. Mr. Spry was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.  He was employed at Bradshaw Construction Co.  Later he became owner/operator of M.O. Spry’s Service & Grocery & Restaurant and MO Spry’s Yard and Garden Supply and Bull Hill Family Campground. He also raised white-face Hereford cows. Mr. Spry was of Baptist faith.

He was also preceded in death by: his wife of 70 years, Lois “Rachel” Ridenhour Spry on Nov. 5, 2013; brothers, Floyd, David, Andrew, J.B. Jr (Pete); and sisters, Rebecca Overman, Bertha Harris, Shelby Cartner, Geraldine Goodman; and son-in-law, Steven Moxley.

Surviving: his son, Mike Spry and wife Ann of Cooleemee; daughters, Karen Moxley of Salisbury, and Mona  Brown and husband G. Henry of Mt. Ulla; sisters, Shirley Taylor of Mocksville, and Dianne S. Blackwelder and husband John of Mocksville; 5 grandchildren, Stacy Spry and wife Jolene of Mocksville, Ross Spry of Cooleemee, Laura Spry of Mocksville, Mac Brown of Charlotte, and Cora Brown Horton and husband Nathan of Mooresville; 3 great-grandsons, Zachery Spry, Hunter Boger and Landen Spry; and his beloved dog, Coco and cat, Tinkerbell.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at Summersett Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Summersett Memorial Chapel, conducted by Pastor John Groff. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Spry, Dustin Boger, Tony Hager, Jimmy Shoaf, Steve Spry and Jerry McClamrock and honorary pallbearer, Kenno Shoaf. Burial will follow at Rowan Memorial Park.

Memorials: Ronald McDonald House, 419 S. Hawthorne Rd, Winston Salem, 27103; or Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, 28144.