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August 8, 2013

(7/27/1953 - 7/31/2013)

Larry Spray, age 60 of Bible Grove, Missouri passed away Wednesday evening, July 31, 2013 at Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, MO.

He was born, July 27, 1953 in Kirksville, MO to Alvin Edward and Irene Belle Barnes Spray. On May 27, 1973, he was united in marriage to Fran Anderson and to this union one daughter was born, Kristen. On February 20, 1982, he married Audrey Davis and to this union she brought three children, to whom he loved and raised as his own.

Surviving are his wife, Audrey of Bible Grove, MO, Chad and wife, Amanda Davis of Donnellson, Iowa, Sherri Davis of Bible Grove, MO, and Jeff Davis and friend Ashten Bulechek also of Bible Grove, MO, along with eight grandchildren, Calla, Cassa, Carra, Kailee and, Tayler Davis and Natasha Barnhart, Cynch and Shaylee Davis; two brothers, Eugene and wife, Lila Spray, and Alvin and wife, Sheri Spray; one sister, Doris and husband, Richard Cullers. Sisters and brothers-in-law include Theresa and Dave Fleming, Terri Hamlin, Jeanne and Floyd Hartley, mother-in-law, Vivian Hartley and Lester McElroy, two great- grandchildren, Bronson and Dakotah, and a host of loving nieces, nephews and great-nephews and nieces and one adopted grandson, the lost lonesome cowboy, Erik Byrn who always called him "Pappy", and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Irene, brother, Allen Dean in infancy, wife, Fran and daughter, Kristen and father-in-law, Harry Hartley.

Larry lived in the Bible Grove community. He was employed driving a pit truck for 25 years for Kaser and L&W quarries and the past 15 years for Douds Stone. Larry enjoyed horses, trail rides, riding, breaking, and driving horses. He attended and participated in the Ft. Madison Trail Ride annually. He also enjoyed the Hurdland 4th of July Parade, Antique Fair Parade in Memphis, and the Downing Appreciation Days. Judging horse shows at Bible Grove and The Bible Grove Rodeo was also great times for Larry; everyone always got a blue ribbon. He also enjoyed attending horse sales in the area. Larry especially loved spending time with his family and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 5, 2013 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Rev. Larry Smith officiated the services. Music was provided by Lon Erwin and Brent Place. Burial was in the Bible Grove Christian Church Cemetery at Bible Grove, MO. Casket bearers were nephews, Shane Witherow, Clayton Miller, Tyson Blessing, Jamie Spray, Ryan Flemming, and Cody Hartley. Honorary bearers were Marcus Stauffer, Mike Stauffer, Mike Hamlin, Daryl Hamlin, Randy Van Niewaal, Gus Kapfer, Erik Byrn, Harold Miller, Colby Sweeter, and Ron Kice.

Memorials in memory of Larry Spray may be made to the Spray Family. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.

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Copyright © 2001
Memphis Democrat
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Memphis MO 63555
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