Benjamin Franklin Sprouse



Benjamin Franklin Sprouse, age 82, formerly of Forest City, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston Salem, NC. He was husband to the late Evelyn McDaniel Sprouse and son of the late Ben B. and Ada Vickers Sprouse. Franklin was also predeceased by his son, Joey and daughter-in-law, Sandy, and a grandson, Joshua; as well as brothers Garland, Delmar, Elmer and a sister, Reva Sprouse Bennett.

Surviving are one son, Benny, of Winston Salem; three grandchildren, Jason of Forest City, Emily Sprouse Bass (Jon) of Winston Salem, and James Carlos Sprouse (Kayla) of Raleigh. Also surviving are six great grandchildren, Summer, Sarah, Alexis, Zachary, Jon Grayson, and Kaylee; a brother Ray Sprouse (Sally) of Spindale and a sister Rebecca Gilliam of Spindale, as well as numerous nieces and nephews scattered far and wide.

Franklin retired from Rutherford County Schools where he worked many years as custodian at Forest City Elementary School. There he was affectionately known as “Sprouse” to his co-workers. He touched the lives of two generations of children over his years of service and always went out of his way to encourage kids, especially those dealing with challenges.

Outside the workplace, Franklin was involved with youth baseball and Scouting. He also raised goats, much to the joy of neighborhood kids. In his later years, he associated with The Encouraging Word Ministry of Spartanburg and, more recently, with Unity Baptist Church of Winston Salem.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Eternal Hills Memorial Park on Oakland Road in Forest City with Pastor Benny Sprouse and the Rev. Mike Ennis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church, 145 Fishel Road, Winston Salem, NC 27107. The Padgett & King Mortuary is serving the family and an online guest registry is available at