Wanda Nell Spradlin Etheridge
October 16, 1931 – April 11, 2019
Wanda Nell (Spradlin) Etheridge began her eternal life in Glory on April 11, 2019, from Hospice of East Texas. Wanda was born October 16, 1931, in Edgewood, Texas to Arlie Lee and Dessa (Prestridge) Spradlin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Etheridge; her brother, A.D. Spradlin; a sister, Erlene Webster; a great-granddaughter, Bobbi Rogers and a daughter-in-law, Kay (McAtee) Etheridge. She is survived by her two daughters, Kay Rogers and husband, Danny, Barbara Dawson and husband, Ray; her son Danny Etheridge; five grandchildren: Craig Rogers and wife, Stephanie, Brandy Carnevale and husband, Bryan, Christi Setser and husband, Josh, James Christopher Morton and wife, Jessie, and Joseph Chitty; also by her eleven great-grandchildren: Margaret Smith, Melanie McClung, Joshua Setser, Solomon Setser, Caleb Setser, Kaylee Setser, Bailey Morton, James Morton, Connor Waitkus, Atee Carnevale and Elliana Carnevale, and sister, Maxine Workman.
She worked side by side with her husband for most of their lives, first farming until around 1957 when they decided to take a big chance on opening a drive in grocery at the intersection of Highways 243 and 198 called Etheridge Drive In (now known as Down Home Café). They put in very long hours there for seven days a week for many years. As the business grew, they added feed and fertilizer and the business became quite successful.
After retiring from that business, Wanda worked as a substitute mail carrier for a while, then rejoined Horace in the used car business.
After her husband's death and experiencing declining health, she became a resident at Country Place Senior Living and there, became inspired to write poetry. She wrote over 100 poems which her children had published as a keepsake. She was also instrumental in organizing a daily Bible study.
She never thought herself to be talented, but she was very intelligent and could do most anything she attempted. Painting, ceramics and knitting are among some of the crafts she loved. The most important thing to Wanda was that every child, grandchild and great-grandchild and every friend come to know Jesus as their personal savior and serve Him with all their hearts.
There will be a huge hole in the hearts of her family and friends until we see her again.
Funeral services will be 2 pm Monday, April 15, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Canton with Dr. Mike Roberson and Dr. J. Michael Burns officiating. Interment will follow in Haven of Memories.
Pallbearers will be Craig Rogers, Joseph Chitty, Josh Setser, Caleb Setser, Joshua Setser, Solomon Setser, Bryan Carnevale, Logan McClung, Tyler Smith and James Morton.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
- Visitation Monday, April 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2019
Wanda Nell Spradlin Etheridge
April 16, 2019
Mrs. Wanda will always hold a special place in my heart . When I first started at Country Place Senior Living she welcome me with open arms . Never was a filled moment with her and her girls they always kept me on my toes. Whenever I needed a extra push or just reassures she was alway there with a prayer or a scripture.
Cherry (Teel) Raichle
April 13, 2019
As a child growing up, Kay and I were playmates all the way through school and were together as much as possible. Wanda was like a second mother to me. I always, always loved her dearly and respected her beyond measure. She had a special quality that made those around her feel wanted and loved. I always thought of Horace and Wanda as being "pillars" of the community that they so dearly loved and supported. I feel extremely blessed having known Wanda for 60+ years of my life and will always possess fond memories of her. She will be so greatly missed by those that knew and loved her as I did. So rest in peace, sweet lady,,,,rest in peace!!
Cherry (Teel) Raichle
Lance Douglas Gutierrez
April 12, 2019
When I was about 4 years old, I was "grafted" into the Etheridge family by marriage. My younger brother and I suddenly were blessed with another set of grandparents - HB & Inez Etheridge. We never heard the word "step" from anyone, and never were treated as "step". In fact, our last name was "Etheridge" until I was in the 5th grade. We were truly welcomed into the Etheridge family by everyone. Among the extended family were two people whom I have always known as Uncle Horace & Aunt Wanda. As small children, my brother and I experienced our first trampoline at their house, and loved to visit. Aunt Wanda always had yummy treats, and we loved Uncle Horace's shenanigans! (He always pronounced my name as "Rance".) Aunt Wanda always smelled so nice. That might seem an odd thing to recall, and I don't know the name of her perfume, but I will never forget it. Each time I have smelled the fragrance on other ladies, I always think of Aunt Wanda and it has always brought a special moment of comfort. My brother and I tasted our first "Cherry Icee" at Etheridge Drive-In, and I bought my first car from Uncle Horace. Indeed, Uncle Horace & Aunt Wanda are very special to me, and I am so thankful for their lives! I was was blessed last year to play a mini-concert for Aunt Wanda and her friends of Country Place, and I am humbled and honored to play for her home-going celebration on Monday. Thank you, Kay for including me, and for that wonderful account of the moment she went to Heaven. I haven't stopped thinking about it since you told me, and I'm so thankful you and Danny will be able to cherish that memory. Tell it to everyone! It will bring comfort and strengthen the faith for other folks experiencing loss. I love you and also Danny & Barbara and all of the family. "What a Day That Will Be" suddenly became "What a Day It Was" for Aunt Wanda yesterday, and she has seen the face of Jesus now!