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1/12/13 — John Sparacino Jr.

John Sparacino Jr. , age 76 of Tullahoma, Tn. passed away January 7, 2013 at Life Care Center of Tullahoma.

Born October 11th, 1936 in New York, NY to the late John Sparacino Sr. of Pozzallo, Italy and Josephine Mistretta.

He is survived by his beloved wife Virginia A. Sparacino (Lowhorn); daughters Dr. Kathy Sparacino of Hartselle, Al. and Lynn Sparacino of Tullahoma; granddaughter Shelby Sparacino of Tullahoma; sister Connie (Cookie) and her husband Bob Middleton of Ft.Lauderdale , half-sister Maria Carmelina, nieces Christina Gruendel and Sandi Malott and extended family Yvonne Donaldson, Jodi Wagner of Florida and Randy Middleton of Hermitage, Tn., and their families; stepson Douglas Doolittle, stepdaughters Lani Biller and Jan Desanti and dear brothers in the MJHS band; Fritz Reichert and wife Doris of Tucson, Az.; classmates Eddie Lowe of Alta Loma, Ca. and Ted McKinney of Riverside, Ca. and Edward (Eddie) Bass devoted friend of Hartselle, Al.

He graduated from Jackson High School in Miami in 1954 and attended University of Miami on a band scholarship (Trumpet). He was an outstanding Trumpet player arguably one of the top 2 players in Florida during the 50’s. He was Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1962. He was proud of his military service as a Jet Mechanic. His successful career spanned multiple positions at AEDC Tullahoma, Tn. as craftsman and union steward to Manager of Contracts & Labor Relations. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife Virginia and playing golf with good friend Warren Christiansen. He had a keen interest in research; be it history, finance or home appliances – learning about how things work and fixing things were important and satisfying to him. He stayed close to many band members of the Jackson High School Band of 1954 routinely attending reunions in Florida.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be held Saturday January 12th, 2013 at Kilgore Funeral Home 215 Mitchell Blvd. Tullahoma, TN. 37388 (931-455-0677) between 11am – 1pm, memorial services with brother Jack Hice officiating will be held at the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00pm.

The Burial service will be held at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens following the service.

Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.