Edmond Sprague Obituary

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Edmond Scott Sprague

April 10, 1916 - July 29, 2013
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SPRAGUE, EDMOND SCOTT, passed away Monday July 29, 2013.  He was 97 years old.  Born on April 10, 1916, Mr. Sprague was a grandson of Birmingham pioneer Nimrod Whitfield Scott and grew up in Ensley during its industrial heyday.  He graduated from Ensley High School in 1934 and from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1939.  With a degree in Business Administration, he worked for three years as an accountant at U.S. Steel then enlisted in the U. S. Navy to serve in World War II.  After training at Harvard University, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Battleship Wyoming as Chief Communications Officer and eventually sailed...


SPRAGUE, EDMOND SCOTT, passed away Monday July 29, 2013.  He was 97 years old.  Born on April 10, 1916, Mr. Sprague was a grandson of Birmingham pioneer Nimrod Whitfield Scott and grew up in Ensley during its industrial heyday.  He graduated from Ensley High School in 1934 and from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1939.  With a degree in Business Administration, he worked for three years as an accountant at U.S. Steel then enlisted in the U. S. Navy to serve in World War II.  After training at Harvard University, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Battleship Wyoming as Chief Communications Officer and eventually sailed around the world.



In December 1943, while on Navy leave, Mr. Sprague married Mildred Foster, a bright young woman from Woodlawn and, for 65 years, the love of his life.  Following the war and with the help of his father-in-law he founded Wahouma Building Supply Company, a retail business which sold a wide variety of building materials.  For over 45 years, he served the building and remodeling needs of the eastern area of Birmingham and was know affectionately by his customers as “Mr. Ed” or “Mr. Wahouma”.



As an athletic and sports loving young man, Mr. Sprague joined the Auburn football program in college and became team manager for the 1938 and 39 seasons.  During this time, the team traveled widely across the country and played in the inaugural Orange Bowl and the Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba.



Mr. Sprague was a kind and upbeat person who always saw the bright side of life.  Appropriately, he was a long-standing member of the Downtown Optimist Club and was especially proud of their programs to help disadvantaged youth.  At Wahouma, he regularly employed after-school interns from Woodlawn High School who later became full time employees.



During his business career, he served as President of the Alabama Building Material Association and numerous church building committees.  He was a member of Canterbury Methodist Church, the John Wesley Sunday School Class, the Auburn Football Letterman’s Club, the Golden Tigers, and The Club.



Mr. Sprague was predeceased by his beloved wife and his grandson Christopher Scott Lower.  He is survived by his son, Richard Winston Sprague; his daughter, Dana Sprague Lower; three grandchildren:  Wesley Sprague Lower, Whitney Grace Sprague, and Patrick Foster Sprague; his son-in-law, Linn Lower; and his daughter-in-law, Patricia R. Sprague.



Funeral Service will be Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Johns Ridout’s Elmwood Chapel, Dr. Bill Morgan officiating.  Visitation will precede the service from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with burial at Elmwood Cemetery.  Pallbearers for the service are:  Wesley Lower, Patrick Sprague, Joe Sprague, Casey Sprague, Linn Lower, and Tom Dudley.  The family requests that memorials be sent to Canterbury Methodist Church, Friends of Camp Winnataska  (P.O. Box 59514, Bham 35259) or the Birmingham Historical Society (One Sloss Quarters, Bham 35222).



 



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