Thomas Eli Sprouse

thomas sprouse

July 28, 1936 ~ September 7, 2018

Resided in: Fairview, North Carolina

Thomas Eli Sprouse, 82, of Fairview, went to be with his Lord and his precious wife on Friday, September 7, 2018, at his residence. Born in Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Lura Sherlin Tomberlin and Frank Sprouse. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Hensley Sprouse, who died in 2013; five brothers, Arnold, Louis, Fred, James and Robert Sprouse; and three sisters, Margaret Sprouse, Eunice Joyner and Polly Laws. A United States Marine Veteran, he served as a deacon at Cedar Mtn. Baptist church for over 42 years and taught Sunday school for over 30 years. His passion in life was his family, his church and helping others. He is survived by two sons; Clifford Sprouse (Nada), of Fletcher, and Charles Sprouse, of Fairview; two daughters, Colleen Ownsbey (Randy), of Fairview, and Donna Beasley (Tom), of Ayden, NC; one brother, C.J. Sprouse, of Leicester; one sister, Wanda Evans, of Candler; six grandchildren, Stacie, Jamie, Wesley, Cameron, Seth and Aaron as well as nine great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at Cedar Mountain Baptist Church with Pastor Jimmy Page officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Vance Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a contribution to CarePartners Hospice or Cedar Mountain Baptist Church. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. So sorry I can’t be there for uncle Tom’s funeral. You are all in my prayers. He was a great uncle, and I am going to miss him. Visited him in 2017 with Margaret and Sharon and we enjoyed several hours at his house. He was the uncle who always made me laugh. Loved him and am going to miss him, but I’m sure he, along with Fred and Daddy are already having a grand reunion time.

  2. We are so sorry to hear about Tom.He was a great Sunday school teacher , and made everyone feel welcome at church. He was a great example of a man, of God that we need to follow.He will greatly be missed at church.Gods prayers with the family.

  3. My Friend For Life has gone on to his great reward. Tom made an impact on me in so many ways. I could always count on Tom to keep his word and always be there for me in time of need and give me advice. This is a great personal loss for me. We go back 50 years. I feel like I have lost a Big Brother. I will miss our long talks about life and friendship and when he would be getting that next load of wood up at my home in Sugar Hollow. Tom was solid as a rock. Tom was one of a kind and in a select few I can truly call a Friend For Life. My deepest sympathy to Tom’s family and friends. Tom and Pat are now together forever.

  4. Dear Colleen and family, we are sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet Daddy.
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I am sure there was a great reunion in Heaven with your Dad and Mom. Finally at home no more
    pain what a wonderful place that the Lord has prepared for His children.
    Norris and I are on vacation this week, but you are in our prayers.
    Love to all the family
    Norris and Charlotte

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