Kathy (McBride) Spraggins passed away November 14, 2016

Kathy (McBride) Spraggins went home to be with her Lord Jesus on Monday, November 14, 2016. Born Mary Katherine McBride on January 23, 1947, to J.C. and Veda McBride, she is survived by her mother, Veda McBride; husband, Jerry Spraggins; sons, Michael and Alan Spraggins; brothers: James, Johnny, Paul, Bill, and Donald McBride; sisters: Pat Vaughan, Marilyn Eitel, and Janice Lucas; granddaughters, Chloe and Elsa Spraggins; and grandson, Sam Spraggins. 

Kathy met her husband, Jerry, at Ouachita Baptist University in 1967, and they were married in December 1968. She then served her country as the wife of an Army Officer for eight years, serving two years in Germany, one year on the home front while Jerry was in Vietnam, and five more years in assignments in Alabama, Maryland, and Texas. 

Kathy held a Bachelor of Science from Ouachita, and also teaching certificates in Home Economics from SE Oklahoma State University and Special Education from North Texas State University. She began teaching in 1988 at Russellville, Arkansas, and taught Home Economics at RHS for eleven years. She taught an additional four years at Heber Springs High School and one year at Beebe High School as a Special Ed teacher. She touched the lives of many students in her Home Economics and Special Ed classes, providing a positive, caring influence on all those she taught. 

Kathy loved her church, First Baptist of Heber Springs, and was active in Sunday School, Nursery, and Women’s Ministry activities there until the complications of Parkinsonism and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy disabled her. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Southridge Village Nursing and Rehab for the loving care they provided Kathy in her last months. 

Visitation was at Heber Springs Funeral Home, 1199 Wilburn Road on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Services will be at the First Baptist Church, Heber Springs, at 9:45 a.m. Friday, November 18. Interment will follow at the Arkansas Veterans’ Cemetery, 1501 W. Maryland Ave., North Little Rock. Dr. J.R. DeBusk will officiate. Online Obiturary: www.heberspringsfuneralhome.com