Patricia Ann Prater Spry, 73, died Thursday, April 19, at Woodbury Health Care Center.
A native of Cannon County and resident of McMinnville, she was a career military wife thus living from South Carolina to California and a few states in between. She began to have headaches, blurring vision and weakness in her legs while working for the IRS in Austin, Texas. On Sept. 21, 1973 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. On Aug. 1, 1995, Boyd retired and they returned to live in Tennessee. Patricia’s last job as a secretary was for the Cannon County Board of Education in 1982. She was a member of Central Church of Christ in McMinnville.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Boyd Calvin Spry of McMinnville; sons, Jeff Spry and his wife, Tammy Bowman Spry of Little Rock, Ark., and David Spry of McMinnville; grandchildren, Amanda Spry of Nashville, Tyler Spry of Chattanooga and Lexy Spry of Smithville and McMinnville; brother, Phillip Warner Prater and his wife, Judy of Woodbury; special friend, Deborah “Deb” Randles of McMinnville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Shelah Haskel Prater and Opal Winnett Prater, and her daughter-in-law, Robin Haley Spry.
Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home at 2 p.m. today with Herb Alsup and John Payne officiating. Interment will follow at Midway Cemetery. Visitation will be held until time of service today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Church of Christ Jail Ministry, Midway Cemetery Fund, or Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) April 22, 2012