Roy Vestal ‘R.V.’ Spry Jr.

Published 10:49 am Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mr. Roy Vestal “R.V.” Spry Jr., 90, of Deadmon Road, Mocksville, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at The Laurels of Salisbury.

He was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Davie County to the late Roy Vestal Spry Sr. and Della McDaniel Spry. Mr. Spry was a member of Turrentine Baptist Church where he had served as cemetery committee chair, deacon and sang in the choir. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II in Naples, Italy. Mr. Spry retired as a self-employed masonry contractor and later retired from Cannon Mills in Salisbury. He enjoyed working in masonry and was proud to have bricked the church sanctuary. Mr. Spry loved to sing with his daughters, play the guitar, Braves baseball and traveling with family.

He was also preceded in death by: his wife of 70 years, Mildred Frye Spry; a daughter and son-in-law, Shelby and Allen Wensil; a great-granddaughter, Michaela Draughn; and 2 sisters, Catherine Hellard and Evalina Campbell.

Survivors: 4 daughters, Brenda Draughn (Ervin), Pat Cleary (Charlie), Sharon Bartlett (Edward) and Cindy Swisher (Dwayne); a son, Ricky Spry (Pam); a sister, Eleanor Swicegood Ridenhour; 8 grandchildren, Chris Wensil (Christa), Michael Draughn (Teresa), Keri Brandon (Bryan), Rebecca Wiles (Dan), Zackary, Bronwyn and Lindsey Bartlett and Brandi Swisher; 5 great-grandchildren, Shelby Wensil, Jesse Draughn, Peyton Correll, Drake Brandon and Graham Wiles; and 3 stepgrandchildren, Becky Bartlett (Andres), Christine Dalton (Bryan) and Thomas Bartlett.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 31 (their wedding anniversary), at Turrentine Baptist Church with the Revs. Fred Carlton and Joe Smith officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.   The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 30 at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials: Turrentine Baptist Cemetery Fund, c/o Judy Galliher, 1728 US 64 E., Mocksville.