Obituary for Dr. Hubert Owen Spraberry

 

Dr. Hubert Owen Spraberry, former Dean of the School of Business at Howard Payne University, died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at his home in Brownwood. He was 72. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Brownwood. Dr. Spraberry was born April 5, 1931 in Post to Hub and Arline Spraberry. Dr. Spraberry studied at seven colleges and universities in the United States, as well as at Cambridge University in Great Britain. He received five college degrees including a B.S. in agricultural economics from Texas Tech University, an M.S. in educational psychology from Pittsburg (Kansas) State University, a B.A .in history and language from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in industrial management from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. in land-use planning management and design from Texas Tech. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1976 after 24 years of active duty. He spent most of his military career in missile operations and security police and had overseas assignments in Korea, England and Thailand. Dr. Spraberry taught at Texas Tech and at Wayland Baptist University before coming to Howard Payne University in 1986 as program coordinator for the School of Business. He served as Dean of the School of Business from 1987 until 1992 arid retired from the Howard Payne faculty in May 2002.

He was a Southern Baptist and an active deacon of the First Baptist Church of Brownwood. He first became a deacon in 1956 at Barksdale Baptist Church, Bossier City, La.

Dr. Spraberry was married for 52 years to Ollie (Teddy) Spraberry who survives him. Other survivors include two daughters, Sylvia Teague of Valencia, Calif., and Suzan Colvin of Lubbock, and one son, James Spraberry of Italy, Texas. He is also survived by one sister, Imogene Smith of Amarillo, and five grandchildren, Sean Teague of Valencia, Calif., Lindsey Colvin and Lauren Colvin of Lubbock, and Chelsea Spraberry of Italy.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Brownwood at 2 p.m. Wednesday, followed by burial at Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Agnes Arline Spraberry Scholarship fund at Howard Payne University or to the First Baptist Church of Brownwood.

 

The Brownwood Bulletin

Tuesday, May 13, 2002

 

Contributed by Shirley Cullum

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