Arleen M Spruill

April 20, 1919April 28, 2020

Arleen M. Spruill, age 101, of Apison, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in a local healthcare facility. She was born April 20, 1919 in Mankato, MN to the late Clarence & Elsie Camp. Mrs. Spruill was a member of Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her husband, John C. Spruill preceded her in death. Survivors include her sons, John A. (Janice) Spruill of Apison, TN, Steven G. (Nancy L.) Spruill of Arlington, VA, and Timothy E. (Karen) Spruill of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Jennifer L. Johnson, Janae R. Pellington, Zechariah N. Spruill, and Lauren E. Li; and great-grandchildren, Sidney G. Pellington, Brooklyn R. Pellington, Rylie S. Johnson, Isaiah J. Spruill, and Sebastian Spruill. Memorial services will be held at a later date with interment at Bedford Township Cemetery in Michigan. Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Please share your thoughts and memories at


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Steven Spruill

May 2, 2020

Mom adored her three sons. I remember her discreetly eavesdropping on my brothers and me when we talked school, baseball, girls, etc. She had no other motive at such times than to share in the life of her boys, there being no males around when she grew up. She was a 1937 graduate of Battle Creek Academy, putting her class photo on the wall that would later hold those of each of her sons. Mom kept too busy cooking, baking and running the school lunch program for Battle Creek's junior high schools to watch much TV, but she never missed an episode of "My Three Sons" if she could help it.

In the years since I went off to college to the present, I told Mom every time I saw her how much I loved her and what a great Mom she was. She would always demur, protesting that she'd had no idea what she was doing and must have made many mistakes. I would always reply that I couldn't think of one, which was the truth. Though I hated it as a child when she would spit on a tissue from her pocket to clean grime off my face, it gave me a laugh to enjoy for the rest of my life. Given my childhood talent for picking up grime, it sure wasn't a mistake.

Mom did the one thing that supersedes all others a mother can do right. She loved her sons without reservation or condition. I always felt that love. It made a difference in my life far beyond any triumph of mothering she could have believed of herself.

Mom and I shared the same birthday and a bond that went far beyond. Most of her life, she kept too busy to reflect on the troubles that come to even the happiest. I'm glad she was able to add a year to the hundred before she died. In the final years of her life, she took each day as it came, searching out any happiness to be found in it. However long I live, I hope I can do as well.

Mom, I sure will miss you. I will remember and love you to the day I die.

Clifton Keller

May 1, 2020

A well-life is difficult to quantify. From my perspective, Arleen spent her 101 years on earth well-lived.

My first thought of her is with a smile on her face as she revealed her secret of making delicious vegetarian spaghetti: Just add a dash or two of catsup.

If you were to ask me, she orchestrated a perfect family. She and her husband, John, were active in every activity conducted by the Battle Creek Tabernacle Church. Their leadership in YMCO stands above their other church contributions. Their activities during Au Sable retreats bring a smile to my face.

Their dedication and involvement with Battle Creek Academy was something most teachers and administrators only dream about. Well behaved students and support for every school activity. I think especially of the “Every Member Plan” for financing Christian Education.

It has been my pleasure to see the Spruill family grow and make significant contributions to the world. All three of her sons have earned advanced degrees to satisfy personal and professional goals and that’s objective evidence of a life well-lived.


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