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 www.padgettking.com
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Mr. Sprouse was a wonderful man. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. He loved the kids and the staff at FCE and it showed in everything he did. He was also my neighbor when we lived on Greenwood Street. My kids always looked forward to visiting with Mr. Sprouse and his goats.
Submitted by Emily Moose on Mar 26 2017 08:24:55 PM
"Sprouse" was a gentle , kind man. When I worked at FCES, he would always help in the room and predict the weather. One year he shared that the snow was coming from the south and I needed to start for home. Well I didn't listen and ended up helping cook for the students and stay with a friend until my family came. I should have listened. Good memories of all he did. He will be missed.
Submitted by Kathy Potter on Mar 26 2017 07:57:57 AM
Sprouse was one of the kindest men I've ever known. He was a friend to everyone, especially the children. They all loved him! And he always took great pride in the way our school looked. RIP Sprouse. ❤
Submitted by Paulette White on Mar 25 2017 06:42:44 PM
Sprouse was my wonderful friend during my years at FCES. He made the world a better place❤
Submitted by June Lail on Mar 25 2017 06:13:01 PM
"Sprouse" was such a sweet man. He was a big help to me during my first year teaching at Forest City Elementary. The children all loved him too! I will never forget his kindness. My sincere condolences. Mary Beth Francis
Submitted by Mary Beth Francis on Mar 23 2017 08:34:38 PM
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