John H Spurlock

Born in Woodbury, TN on December 24, 1946

Departed on February 12, 2020 and resided in Mt. Juliet, TN

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John Halton Spurlock, age 73, most recently of McKendree Village in Hermitage, TN, passed on Wednesday night February 12, 2020. Born on Christmas Eve of 1946, he was the second son of Lena Vanatta Doss and the late Milligan Spurlock of Woodbury Tennessee. John grew up in Goodlettsville, TN, where he attended and graduated from the former Goodlettsville High School. He was a leading NIL scorer during his successful Trojan Basketball career. He next attended Lipscomb University for several years studying accounting before purchasing a farm in Pleasant View, TN. John was a knowledgeable and talented horseman. He bred, raised, and trained champion Quarter Horses and Thoroughbred Race horses. Besides being a licensed racehorse trainer he was also active as a competitor in local horse shows. He accumulated quite a few TSCA state trophies and awards. John excelled in speed events such as Barrel Racing, Flag Racing, and Pole Bending. He won several Western Pleasure awards. John had a colt he raised and trained run second in the prestigious Quarter Horse Congress Futurity in Columbus, Ohio. John shared his love for sports with his family and those he coached. Not only did he help coach and support his own daughters and son, but also continued as an avid participant in his grandchildren's sports endeavors. John was a man of faith and family. He served well as a Christian leader and example for his children and grandchildren. John was also a very talented carpenter. He started a successful construction company and designed and built several outstanding homes and barns. He was a loving, caring, and generous man.
John is survived by his mother, Lena Doss; his daughter, Brigette Franzen and her children Chandler Franzen and Trinity Franzen; his daughter Wendy (Nick) Rankhorn and their children Laney Tucker and A.J. Rankhorn; his son Jay Spurlock; and his brothers Charles (Faye) Spurlock, and Glen (Angela) Doss. A celebration of life for John will be held Sunday at 2 pm at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodletsville, TN. Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Sunday from 1-2 pm prior to the service and then again following the service until 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Pat Head Summit Foundation for Alzheimer’s Research.

10 Comments to John H Spurlock

  1. Mike Mangrum
    February 14, 2020 1:32 pm

    John and I were partners in a construction business started out with 100 dollars fifty each with in a year had offices in Nashville Springfield and Bowling Green ky and was doing one hell of a business and John was the brain he could sell anything lol I remember a story he told me can’t repeat it here John was my friend and always will be

  2. Danny joe Spurlock
    February 14, 2020 2:03 pm

    I remember Christmases at Woodbury all us kids would be crammed in that little three-room house area on short mountain road Happy’s couldn’t be. And that evening we would go to Aunt Nealy browns for supper. I remember John working on a little mg in his uncle’s gas station. He had put a 55 grill in it and cougar tail lights in the back. And a roadrunner engine in the front. Hotel me John used to take his little mustang and run through goodlettsville just to get the police to chasing hlm.

  3. Danny joe Spurlock
    February 14, 2020 2:05 pm

    I remember Christmases at Woodbury all us kids would be crammed in that little three-room house area on short mountain road Happy’s couldn’t be. And that evening we would go to Aunt Nealy browns for supper. I remember John working on a little mg in his uncle’s gas station. He had put a 55 grill in it and cougar tail lights in the back. And a roadrunner engine in the front. John used to take his little mustang and run through goodlettsville just to get the police to chasing hlm.

  4. Bari Brooks
    February 14, 2020 2:27 pm

    John was a great man and a great part of our horse show family. I will always remember his smiling face at horse shows and the appaloosa mare that he rode. She would always prance around ready to run, and shied at EVERYTHING! Nothing that she did bothered John in the least…in fact, I am sure that he liked it. Prayers for peace for his family.

  5. Sheila Bowers Robinson
    February 14, 2020 4:42 pm

    Haven’t seen John in a very long time…..doesn’t matter…50 years later still remember his wit and how fun loving he was…also loved watching him at basketball games…RIP John

  6. Cheryl Bryson Hunter
    February 14, 2020 6:57 pm

    Being friends with John was always an adventure. I will always remember Streaker and Fuzz as well as Big Slim, Flip and Flop that I bought from him many years ago. His smile and laugh were infectious and there was never a dull moment. Competing with John at the horse shows was a great part of my life. Much love to Bridgett, Wendy and Jay. It was a pleasure to watch you grow up and become the great people you are. I know your dad was proud.

  7. ELAINE ANDREWS
    February 14, 2020 11:55 pm

    HEY JOHN……MORE THAN ANYTHING I REMEMBER YOU, SANDY FRAZIER, PHOEBE AHERN, JAN WRIGHT AND I, CUTTIN’ UP IN CHURCH. AND I REMEMBER THAT FARM YOU AND CHARLES AND GARY AND I ALL LIVED ON, GOOD DAYS ON LICKTON PIKE. YOU WERE DEFINITELY A FUN LOVING GUY. I’M SO GLAD I GOT TO SEE YOU AT OUR 50TH CLASS REUNION. REST IN PEACE JOHN.

  8. Gary Williams
    February 18, 2020 11:50 am

    It has been many years since I’ve spoken with or seen John, but I know his bon vivant love for life never mellowed. Many fond memories (well, most of them !) of myself, John, Scooter Frazier, and Joe Rector seeing what mischief we could get into during our days at GHS & the old Gallatin Road/Rivergate Church of Christ. Rest in peace old buddy.

    Gary Williams
    Toronto, Ontario,Canada

  9. Tammy Hamilton
    February 18, 2020 4:25 pm

    John ,our forever friend. My family shared so many great times. We will always remember you, my friend. My mom and dad and I talk about the “good ole days” all the time. They always include you, Mike, Felix, Jim C., and many many others. Life was good. You now have the ultimate home we all hope to have some day. Rest In Peace, John. We send prayers to the entire Spurlock family.

  10. Judy Jernigan
    February 23, 2020 10:46 pm

    John and I were classmates. He was a kidder and fun to be with. I have not seen John since our last class reunion. I know he will be missed. Love you, John!

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