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Richard Spruill

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William Richard Spruill, age 71, passed away at his home, March 9, 2019 surrounded by his loving friends. Richard was born August 5, 1947 in Crockett to parents, William Horace Spruill and Lucille Beavers Spruill. Richard graduated from Crockett High School in 1965 and was chosen unanimously All District Quarterback. He excelled at both football and baseball during his high school years. Richard attended Stephen F. Austin State University, Angelo State University, and Sam Houston State University making the Dean’s list before being drafted in the United States Army. He served his country during the Vietnam War as a Platoon Sergeant 25th Infantry Division becoming a decorated combat veteran and receiving an Honorable Discharge, afterward received a service related permanent and total disability from Agent Orange. After leaving the Army, he attended the University of Houston studying business and then received an Associate degree in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from San Jacinto College. His business career spanned many years with different companies, Cameron Iron Works, Brown and Root, Contract Land Staff, Inc., Mitchell Energy, Kinder Morgan, and Eagle Rock Energy, to mention a few. In 2006, Richard worked as Project Manager for the Enbridge East Texas Pipeline Project with office in Crockett and was responsible for hiring many locals for jobs. During his career, Richard traveled to and worked in 15 different states and 3 different countries before finally retiring in 2009 and returning to his roots in Crockett.

Richard is survived by his great-nephews, Nathan Spruill and Connor Spruill; nephew, Michael Spruill; aunt, Marie Kirk and husband, Morris; honorary niece, Melissa Allee; numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lucille Beavers Spruill; brother, Bobby Neal Spruill; nephew, David Spruill; grandparents, Lee and Lois Beavers and Lem and Annie Spruill.

Funeral services for William Richard Spruill will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Reggie Gregory officiating. Interment to follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Monday evening 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Paul Dawson Memorial Fund, c/o The Jordan School, 1303 E. Houston Ave., Crockett, TX 75835. Online condolences may be left at



  1. William Richard and I lived across the street from each other in first and second grade. We played together every day. We shot BB guns, picked Mrs. Ormand’s flowers, tried riding our bicycles down the road from the Northcutt’s (when the tar had just been poured), among other crazy kid stuff. Graduating in 1965 our paths only crossed at reunions. Fortunately, we had several nice phone conversations (across the miles) over the past few months. RIP, dear friend. Cinda

  2. Richard and I shared many wonderful times together over the years. He will be missed by many. He always had a kind word each time I saw him. I had no idea he was that ill. Until we meet again. ❤️

  3. Never put off visiting a friend that’s ill. Going to miss him stopping by my house.

  4. God Bless this family. I have many memories of Richard throughout the years. Little League through high school. We have hope and the promise of our Lord that our eternity is in heaven and we will see Richard again. My prayers are with his family.

  5. Thinking of the great memories of Richard as an athlete and as a good friend … talked to him numerous times while he has been ill .., heaven gained a grand angel ,., Sincerely, Barbara Pike-Land

  6. Richard my friend. I am where I am today because of him. He taught me so much in the oil and gas industry. He pushed me and believed in me. I thank him and Lord for directing my path. I will miss him and especially his silly laugh. Love you Tichard.

  7. So sorry for your loss!

  8. Richard was the best brother-in-law, both while I was married to his brother, Bobby, and after. Richard was always there for my sons, David and Michael Spruill.
    I will miss him terribly as he was my friend since 1976. Rest in Peace Richard. You are no longer suffering and mom and dad are happy to be with you again.
    Later, Charlotte

  9. Richard was a good man and a great friend.
    Richard, you will be missed. Old Friend, you deserve the rest and the relief from the pain you have suffered. Thank you for your service to our country, for your good work and for your friendship.

  10. In 1964, Richard and I played football against each other. I was the quarterback for Elkhart and Richard was the quarterback for Crockett. In 2006, Richard gave me the opportunity to work for him as a Right of Way Agent. In 2009, Richard gave my wife, Helen the opportunity to be a Title Agent. Richard was a great friend and will be missed by all. Helen and I are sorry for the family and all of his friends’ loss. Helen and I are sorry we will not be able to attend the funeral services due to being in Tennessee, but our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. God bless you Richard and we will miss you. Richard and Helen Grigsby.

  11. I had the pleasure of working with Richard on a pipeline job here in Crockett but was not the first time I met him. I worked for his mom and dad at their convenience store. He was a good person and really liked working for him he taught me a lot and also kept me in line. Richard you will be missed. I will always remember you because we have the same birthday. So sorry for your loss of family. RIP my friend.

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