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James Henry Spurling, 79

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LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Spurling, 79, of Lebanon.

Retired from the US Army and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Mr. Spurling died June 22, 2009 at his residence.

Mr. Spurling was a founding member of the National Guard Marksmen Training Unit, a member of the National Guard Retired Shooters Association and the National Rifle Association. Honors included: The National Rifles Championship Presidents 100 winner, the Distigushed Rifleman’s Badge, and the Tennessee Governor’s Top 20 Shooters.

Mr. Spurling’s military career started in Rockwood and included assignments in many areas of the world including the Korean Conflict, Iceland and Operation Desert Storm. He was a member of the Touchstone Church of Christ.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. and on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the funeral.  Services will be conducted by Brother Tom Tignor. Interment with full military honors in Cedar Grove Cemetery will immediately follow the service.

Survivors include wife of 52 years Irene Kindrick Spurling; children Jamey (John) Taylor and James Kirk Spurling; grandchildren Jamey Marie Spurling and James Cody Spurling; siblings Emily (Bobby) Brock, Peggy Sexton, Carol Wright, and Ann (Joe) Cameron, Jack (Eula) Spurling and Tom (Helen) Spurling; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Artie Gibbs, Dwight Jewell, Joe Smith, Gene Barnette and Bill Durham. Honorary: Sandra Bass and Terri Quinn and the staff of Odyssey Hospice, the National Guard Retired Shooters Association members, and retired members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

He is preceded in death by parents Joshua Spurling and Beatrice Wallace Spurling and brother Bill Spurling.

Memorial contributions: Huntington’s Disease Society (505 8th Ave of America, Suite 902, New York NY 10018, 800.242.1968) or Friendship Christian School, 5400 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon 37087.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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