It is with sadness and love that the family of John Bryner Spranley announce that he passed away peacefully in his home on December 20, 2020 at the age of 73. John was the beloved son of the late Marilyn Bryner Spranley and the late Edward Eugene Spranley. John is survived by a loving family who will miss him greatly. He was the devoted father of Kim Spranley Carey (Chip Carey) and Jeanne “Dillon” Spranley. He was the cherished grandfather of Evan Maurus and Sam Carey. John was the precious little brother of Eve Spranley Molinary (Paul Roussell) and caring Uncle John to Stacy Molinary Otillio (Frank Otillio) and great-uncle to their children, Connor and Cassia. John was born and raised in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. He joined the Navy after high school and was stationed in San Diego, California.
Following his military service, John moved back to Louisiana to attend LSUNO in New Orleans. It was during his studies at LSUNO that John became a young father to Kim and read the biography of world-renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright, both of which would have a profound
effect on the course of his life. John moved his young family to Baton Rouge shortly thereafter to follow his dream of becoming an architect by attending the LSU School of Architecture. John realized his goal in December of 1975, when he graduated from LSU and returned to New Orleans to pursue his career as an architect. Architecture was John’s passion, and his career brought him much satisfaction and pride. The only thing that brought John more joy was his role of father and grandfather. John became the father to Jeanne in 1987, and was completely thrilled to be the daddy to a young child again. John loved to spend time with his girls, including his niece Stacy, feeding the ducks at City Park, playing Putt Putt or riding go carts at Celebration Station, and shopping for the newest fashion trends at the mall. Always the adventurer, John also loved to travel and explore new places and relished the opportunity to share his experiences with the ones he loved. John was always happy to attend his grandsons’ school functions, help with homework, give advice, or simply enjoy a good meal with his family (especially when it was one of his mother’s
recipes). He also looked forward to hanging out with his friends at his favorite sports bars to drink a beer while watching the LSU Tigers play. John was a reliable, loving, and trustworthy man who was cherished by many and will always live on in our hearts. One of John’s final projects as an architect, before retiring due to the onset of macular degeneration, was the Southeast Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery in Slidell. It was John’s wish to be buried there, both out of a feeling of pride of his architectural work and out of a desire to be laid to rest among the other men and women of our military. While John was quite young when he was in the Navy, he developed a great respect and admiration for the armed services later in life. He was very honored and grateful for the care that he received from the doctors and staff at the VA Hospital for his cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration, and was glad to have been able to contribute to the needs of the veterans through his architectural design of the cemetery. Family and friends are invited to attend the burial with military honors at Southeast Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery, 34888
Grantham College Drive, Slidell, LA 70460 at 1:30 pm on January 4, 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the service will be held entirely graveside in an outdoor setting. All are asked to wear facial masks and observe appropriate social distance. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in John’s name to the Lighthouse for the Blind (lighthouselouisiana.org).
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