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Linda Larnell Dickens Spragins

January 13, 1943 - May 26, 2022

Linda passed from this earth to her Lord and Master Jesus on Thursday, May 26, 2022. 

She was born January 13, 1943; the daughter of Audrey Clinton Dickens and Doris Bobbitt Dickens of Littleton, N.C., both deceased. 

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James William Spragins and daughter, Deborah S. Maness, husband, Tony, and grandchildren, Dr. Sarah Britt Maness and Addison Maness, fiancé Rachel Mann, and daughter, Dr. Beth S. Broome, husband, Don, and grandchild Maylin Broome Willen and husband, Preston. She also leaves her brother, A. Clinton Dickens, Jr. and is predeceased by her sister, Kathryn D. Gardner.

Linda was always interested in many civic causes serving on the Roanoke Rapids Library Board and helping raise funds for expansion. 

She worked tirelessly to raise money to support research for the local Cancer Society and Heart Association. 

Linda served the P.T.A. when her children were in the Roanoke Rapids City School System and also as a Girl Scout Leader for many years going with the same group of girls from Brownies through Cadet Scouts. 

One of her favorite pastimes was singing in the choirs at Rosemary United Methodist Church and Ocean View United Methodist Church where she directed the children’s choir and musical dramas. 

She enjoyed teaching Sunday School for many years from baby nursery to the adult classes and served faithfully in the United Methodist Women, being honored as a Lifetime member.

Linda was famous for her skill as a seamstress, dressing many of the area brides for years. Linda began her career as a cashier, educating herself to work as a General Motors Bookkeeper, a Stenographer in Halifax Juvenile Court, a corporate secretary for W.R. Grace & Co., and Office Manager for the satellite clinic of Nash Orthopedics until moving to Oak Island, N.C. with her husband where she continued to work, retiring in 2011 after 53 years. 

James and Linda moved to Windsor Point Retirement Community in April of 2021 to be nearer to the family.

Linda will be missed dearly for her love of her family and hospitality to all she met. She loved sewing, quilting, reading, gardening, and cooking, but most of all her family and friends.

A sacrament of burial will be held at Rosemary United Methodist Church in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. on Saturday, June 4 with visitation at 10:00 am in the fellowship hall and the service at 11:00 am with Pastor Keith Sexton and the Reverend Jim Bell, a previous Sunday school student, presiding with interment in the family plot at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Littleton, N.C. at 1:00 pm.

The family requests no floral arrangements, but instead please make a donation to:

Rosemary United Methodist Church at 900 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. 27870 or Ocean View United Methodist Church at 8400 E Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, N.C. 28465 or American Heart Association at PO Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692