Generational Kudzu: Barbara Vaden Sproull |

BARBARA VADEN SPROULL, homemaker and community volunteer

Born: Christmas Day, 1926, Anniston

• The widow of Horace Miller Sproull Jr., who died in 2008, she is the daughter of Thomas Hunt Vaden, who married Eula Crook in 1925 and lived in a house where the Quintard Hardee’s restaurant is now.

Vaden worked for the power company.

• Eula Crook’s parents were Samuel L. Crook, who was a first cousin once removed to James F. Crook. Crook was a business partner of Dr. T.W. Ayers in the Jacksonville Republican, later moved to Anniston to become The Anniston Star. They had bought it from Mr. Crook’s father.

• Samuel L. Crook was cousin to a Calhoun County probate judge, Emmett F. Crook. They had a daughter, Margaret, who married Ned Almond, later to become Gen. Almond, aide to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. Gen. Almond retired in Anniston.

• Barbara Vaden Sproull’s late husband, known as Miller, was the son and only child of H. Miller Sproull Sr. and Sara Powers Sproull. She died within days after Miller was born; Sproull senior died when Miller was 21.

Sproull Sr. was the son of James Creswell Sproull. He had three sisters: Caroline Sproull Knight, who married Roy; Virginia Sproull Weatherly, who married Clay; and Catherine Sproull Hamilton, who married Ralph Hamilton, one of three Hamilton sons of Tobe Hamilton. One of the sons, Charles Hamilton, became a benefactor to several local institutions, including the hospital, the Boys Club and the YMCA.

• James Creswell Sproull, born in 1856, came to Anniston from Rome, Ga., in 1887 and founded Anniston Hardware, which, when telephones were installed, had the number 1.

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 1

1. James Creswell Sproull (Charles W. Sproull1) was born 8 Aug 1856 in South Carolina, USA, and died 26 Sep 1923 in Calhoun County, Alabama, USA. He was buried in Edgemont Cemetery, Anniston, Calhoun, Alabama, USA. He married Allie Miller. She was born 29 May 1869 in Tennessee, USA, and died 26 Mar 1957 in Calhoun County, Alabama, USA. She was buried in Edgemont Cemetery, Anniston, Calhoun, Alabama, USA.

Children of James Creswell Sproull and Allie Miller are:

+ 2 i. Horace Miller Sproull was born ABT 1893 in Alabama, USA, and died 12 Oct 1941 in Chambers County, Alabama, USA.

3 ii. Virginia Sproull was born ABT 1902 in Alabama, USA.

4 iii. Catherine Sproull was born ABT 1906 in Alabama, USA.

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The Anniston Star » Obituaries for Saturday


JACKSONVILLE — Memorial services for Willie Jack Hopper, 72, will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Theron Montgomery Building, 3rd floor Auditorium, on the JSU campus, with Dr. William A. Meehan, Rudy Abbott, Jim Bennett and Buddy Nelson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center Chapel will be in charge of arrangements. Mr. Hopper died Tuesday at Jacksonville Medical Center.

He is survived by his two sons, Mike Hopper and his wife, Kelly, of Birmingham, and Mark Hopper, of Anniston; his grandsons, David and Tyler Hopper and one granddaughter, Morgan Hopper.

Honorary pallbearers will be the JSU Board of Trustees, past and present, JSU Presidents, past and present, Rudy Abbott, Jerry Cole, Tim Garner, Randy Woodrow, Julian Jenkins, Charles Mathews, Don Thacker, Opel Lovett, Clemit Spruiell and Bascom Woodward.

Dr. Houston Cole named Mr. Jack Hopper as Jacksonville State University’s director of public relations on September 1, 1966. Before joining JSU, Mr. Hopper served several years as a political reporter and staff writer for the Birmingham News. Mr. Hopper served in a full-time capacity under four JSU presidents, Dr. Houston Cole, Dr. Ernest Stone, Dr. Theron Montgomery, Dr. Harold J. McGee, and witnessed the university’s growth from Jacksonville State College to Jacksonville State University. During his more than 32 years at JSU, Mr. Hopper wore several hats: university lobbyist, athletic director, Head of student recruiting, advisor to the Chanticleer and Mimosa, and a leader of the university’s first fund-raising office. Mr. Hopper was promoted to vice president of institutional advancement on December 1, 1985, and served in that capacity until his retirement on May 31, 1998. He was awarded the title of vice president Emeritus November 6, 2006, and continued to serve JSU in the area of governmental affairs. Mr. Hopper was a member of several fraternal affiliations including the Committee for Advancement of Higher Education, Sigma Delta Chi (Professional Journalism Society), Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Film Commission, the JSU Alumni Association and the Gamecock Club.

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Spruiells Family Tree — by: “Family Tree Guide”

Spruiells Family Tree – Top 100 Surnames

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[A small group of representative surnames will be added, shortly]

1. Spruill (118)
2. Carter (82)
3. Justice (67)
4. Clinkscales (60)
5. MEADOWS (56)
6. Cox (52)
7. Speer (43)
8. Davis (32)
9. Settle (30)
10. Spruiell (26)
11. Carmichael (22)
12. Hayne (22)
13. Suttle (22)
14. Skipwith (22)
15. Spruill-Spruiell (21)
16. Jennings (20)
17. Browne (20)
18. Lucius (19)
19. Franklin (17)
20. Pickard (17)
21. Thompson (16)
22. Beverly (13)
23. Swain (12)
24. Johnson (11)
25. Gambrell (10)

[more to come…]

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