Ralph Walton Spruell, Jr.

Published 3:32 pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ralph Walton Spruell, Jr., age 83, of Tuscaloosa, died Jan. 20, 2013, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham with Father Jerry Deasy officiating and Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lyda Spruell.


Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Patricia Spruell Irby (Rusty); his sons, Bruce Spruell (Alyce) and Bryan Spruell (Tammy); his grandchildren, Jamie Spruell Stewart (Brandon), Russ Irby (Elizabeth), Taylor Walton Spruell, Cameron Spruell, Trent Spruell, Jack Irby, Allison Irby, and Audrey Irby; and his great-grandchildren, Dallas Foley, Landry Rice, Gavin Irby, and Bella Stewart.

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He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, friend, and neighbor. He worked at Gulf States Paper Corporation in Demopolis for over 30 years. He was a veteran of World War II and an avid University of Alabama fan.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Spruell, Bryan Spruell, Rusty Irby, Taylor Spruell, and Trent Spruell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a favorite charity .