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Services to honor and remember the life of Norman Dale Spriggs, aka "Sonny" or "Pa" will be 10 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.
Family will receive friends for visitation from 4-6 PM Sunday at the funeral home.
Mr. Spriggs passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Claremore. He was 84.
Born May 16, 1932 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Carl H. and Eva M. (Gohen) Spriggs, Norman was reared and educated in his birth community attending Tulsa schools.
At an early age, Norman began a career with a Tulsa bakery that spanned 16 years. Following, he worked for Flint Steel and McDonnell Douglas before beginning his own carpentry business, "Custom Design" where he specialized in building cabinetry along with other beautiful pieces.
In fact, Sonny's creations are on display throughout several area homes in stunning kitchen cabinetry, wooden staircases and other fine and elaborate finishes.
In addition to his trade, Sonny enjoyed making wooden yard decorations and sharing those with his family and friends, as well as, meticulously maintaining and decorating his own yard.
Although Norman had no biological children, he was involved in nurturing and raising numerous "family" through the years.
This is where he gained the nickname "Pa" - one that stuck even with his friends.
A favorite hangout for "Pa" was down at Pixley Lumber.
He enjoyed the fellowship that occurred there and as his health began declining, over the past six months, certainly missed his daily 'fix'.
Sonny enjoyed many years with his wife, Joan and helping to raise their grandchildren.
One of the couple's favorite activities was that of square-dancing. The two found much enjoyment in this routine and became quite good as time went on. Joan preceded Sonny in death in 2001.
During the last several years, Sonny was fortunate to find love again as a friendship with Linda Holland continued to flourish and grow.
The two were able to create a lifetime of memories together during the recent years - memories that Linda will forever cherish and treasure.
He leaves to carry on his legacy his fiancé, Linda Holland of the home; a sister, Billie Robinson of Tulsa; numerous children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives that he loved as his own.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; seven siblings; wife, Joan Spriggs and a son.
Family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).
Published on June 18, 2016
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