A celebration of life memorial service for Charles (Chuck) Brad Sprague will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront Hotel.
Surrounded by his family, Chuck Sprague died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Dallas.
Chuck was born May 15, 1957, in Sulphur Springs, to Steve and Betty Ruth Taylor Sprague. They preceded him in death.
He graduated from Como-Pickton High School, then earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from East Texas State University-Commerce.
Chuck excelled in athletics at both schools and loved any type of sport, especially football. He was a die-hard Cowboys fan, even during the past several years as they continually broke his heart.
Chuck grew up on a dairy farm in the Pine Forest community, where milking cows, hauling hay and other strenuous activities were the daily norm.
He decided early in life that the dairy business was not his calling and moved to Dallas after graduating college. Chuck was a natural-born salesman and gravitated to the oil and gas exploration business as a promoter and dealmaker. He loved the challenge of procuring investment money to drill a well and the anticipation as each site was explored. Although he had far more dry holes than gushers, the thrill never left him enough to prompt him to seek any other profession long term. His good friends fondly gave him the nickname “Pumpjack,” which he relished.
He was the life of the party, and everyone was drawn to his charm and personality. He loved being around people, especially his many friends and family, telling stories about his many adventures, both in his personal life and in business. He preferred, however, to be in the company of his beloved daughters, Tarah and Paige, whom he loved with all his heart. He had a strong Christian faith and regularly attended prayer groups with his neighbors and friends.
He will be affectionately remembered by his children, Tarah Tristan and husband, Jonathan, of Dallas and Paige Sprague of Corpus Christi, as well as their mother Tamysia Whitley Page of Dallas; brothers Steven Dan Sprague and wife, Brenda, of Alexandria, Va., Ricky Sprague and wife, Vicky, of Waco, Scott Sprague and wife, Carole, of Forney; nieces and nephews Holly Green and husband, Keith, of Rockwall, Ben Sprague and wife, Emily, of Alexandria, Va., Hannah Van Dyke and husband, Ross, of Waco, Heather Kimball and husband, Brian, of Mount Pleasant, Tim Sprague of New York, N.Y., Ty Sprague of Austin, and Hunter Sprague and wife, Laney, of Dallas; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly.
The family would like to thank his caregivers, especially Susan and Jerry Wilkerson, as well as Chuck’s close friends, who are special to and supportive of all of us.
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