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Firing squad members Gregg Hensley, Alvin Hawkins, Michael Conley and David Lawing fire muskets in salute of their fallen compatriot Barry Spratt. Photo submitted



Originally published: 2012-11-28 15:35:17
Last modified: 2012-11-28 15:35:17

Sons of Confederate Veterans honors comrade

Jamie Shell / (jamie.shell@averyjournal.com)

Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 379 from McDowell County met Saturday, Sept. 29, in Minneapolis to remember a founding member of the camp, Barry Spratt, who passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 9, 2011.
After having the headstone completed, which includes the logo of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Spratt’s widow, Lucia, thought it appropriate to have a Headstone Dedication Ceremony for her husband. 
Spratt was a part of Camp 379's Honor Guard and a founding member of the local camp.
The camp has installed and dedicated many markers for the Confederate veterans, and Spratt was always a part of these ceremonies bearing a flag. An empty flag holder was placed at the grave as part of the ceremony, along with the North Carolina Republic Flag and the Confederate Battle Flag.
Spratt was involved with Camp 379's Cemetery Committee, which searched for and documented more than 500 gravesites of Confederate soldiers buried in McDowell and surrounding counties. He was also involved in the installation of greater than 115 headstones for unmarked Confederate veterans’ graves.
Family and camp members gathered in a chilly rain to pay respects to Spratt. Camp 379 Commander Jeff Cordell welcomed family members and friends, and spoke of the dedication to the camp that Spratt showed. Spratt left his friends with many memories and fascinating stories that he told, while he was always concerned that he would let his ancestors down. However, all aspects of Spratt's life made them proud, according to friends.
Spratt was a teacher, mechanic, gun enthusiast, racer and much more. Most of all, he was a devoted husband, father, brother, friend and compatriot. He was grandfather, friend and mentor to his grandson Levi, who is also a member of Camp 379.
Camp member Michael Conley performed a rendition of “Dixie,” while Commander Cordell recited one of Barry's favorite poems entitled “The South.”
Camp members fired a musket salute at the Spratt gravesite as the rain subsided. Camp 379 intends to return to the gravesite yearly for special events.
Those attending the event from Camp 379 included Cordell, Lt. Cmdr. David Padgett, Lt. Cmdr. Levi Pittman, Gregg Hensley, David Lawing, Alvin Hawkins, Conley, Will Crawford, Matthew Chapman and Anita Lawing with Ladies Auxiliary.     

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