James Adrian “Dick” Spruill

Elizabeth City, NC


James Adrian “Dick” Spruill, age 83, of 2404 Riddick Road, Elizabeth City, NC, passed peacefully to his heavenly home on January 25, 2024. Born in Roper, NC on December 14, 1940 to the late Haywood Spruill and Thelma Sykes Spruill, he was the husband of Barbara Colson Spruill for sixty-three years.

After graduating from Elizabeth City High School, Dick began his career with Carolina Telephone as a lineman, retiring after 40+ years as the business service manager. Dick was a member of Elizabeth City Church of God (now Forest Park Church) where he proudly served as treasurer from 1960-2021.

Dick was an avid racing fan. He loved being the “tire man” for many local racers over the years. He spent every Sunday during racing season cheering on his favorite #3. When he wasn’t at the track, Dick could be found helping his daughter compete at horse shows. He will be remembered for his character, integrity, and work ethic.

In addition to his wife, left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Brandy Spruill Forsdick and husband Randy of Hertford, NC; his two favorite people, his grandchildren, Bailey Harris and Gavin Johnston, both of Elizabeth City, NC; his sister, Thelma Spruill Childers and husband Clyde of Spring Hill, TN; a special sister in law, Judy Spruill of Elizabeth City; many nieces and nephews; and his best friends, Wayne Perry, Chris Perry, and Larry Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Haywood Spruill, Jr and Carl Spruill.

A special thank you to the staff of Albemarle Home Care and Hospice for their support over the last year, his CNA, Gloria Dance, and to his caregivers who treated him like family.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Forest Park Church with Reverend Scott Neal officiating. Burial will take place at West Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives for a visitation at Twiford Memorial Chapel, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 29, 2024.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or https://www.heart.org.

Twiford Funeral Homes, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is assisting the Spruill Family. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.