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NEWPORT - Wayne Spraggins, 71, died peacefully January 16, 2010 surrounded by his family at a Pittsfield hospital. He was born December 28, 1938 in Wauchula, Florida, a son of Cecil E. and Wilma (Smith) Spraggins.

He served for 20 years in the U. S. Coast Guard as a Boatswain's Mate before moving to Newport in 1977. He worked as a mechanic at Pray's Gulf Station, and an oil burner technician for Shorey's Oil Company, both in Newport, and retired from Staple's Oil Company in Pittsfield. He was a member of Barrrows-Skidgel Post American Legion in Newport and served on several Newport committees, including the Newport Sanitary District and the Board of Selectmen.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. Wayne especially looked forward to the annual fishing trips to Long Pond and the family hunting camp in Palmyra.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marjorie of Newport; 3 sons, Jim Spraggins and wife Lisa of Newport, Ed Chase and wife Adrienne of Topsham, Michael Chase and wife Robin of Palmyra; a brother Royce of Georgia; a sister Joanne Mann of Oklahoma; an aunt Odell McGee of Florida; special niece Kim Spraggins, and sister in law Janice Spraggins, both of Tennessee; grandchildren, Tracy Clifton and husband Rob of Newport, Eileen Chase and husband Joel of Bangor, Christy Chase of Exeter, Ben and Nick McNeal of Topsham, Jaime and Nate Spraggins of Newport, and Katelyn-Rose Chase of Palmyra; 5 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Wayne is also remembered by special friends Dick Savageau of Palmyra and Jeff Peabody of Newport.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Turnbull and a brother James Spraggins.

Friends may call from 6- 8 PM Tuesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services will be held 1 PM Wednesday, January 20th, with the Rev. George Finnemore officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Barrows-Skidgel Post 105 American Legion, 82 North Street, Newport, ME 04953.

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