Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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James Martin Spring

Born: 8/30/1924

Died: 12/7/2006

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

James Martin J.M. Spring, 82, of Waco, Texas, passed away December 7, 2006, in a Waco hospital. He was born August 30, 1924, to John and Ruth Spring in the Horton Community in east Texas. Upon graduation from Commerce High School, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Philippines in World War II. After being honorably discharged from the Army, J.M. enrolled in East Texas State Teachers College where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

While attending college, J.M. met Imogene Dunn of Cooper, Texas. They married on July 9, 1948, in Commerce, Texas.

J.M. spent 32 years as an educator in Texas, serving as a teacher, coach, and administrator. His years were spent in the school districts of Honey Grove, Commerce, Mt. Pleasant, Seymour, Graham, and Crandall. He spent his retirement years farming in Delta County.

Following the death of his wife in the late 1990s, he moved to Paris, Texas, where he was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. J.M.’s final years were spent in Waco.

He was very proud of being a member of the Choctaw Nation. Ancestors on his paternal side can be traced from Mississippi to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears.

J.M. was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; brother, John Dennis Spring; and sister, Lorene Spring Palmer.

Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Spring of San Antonio, Texas, Judy Spring of Waco and Sherry Spring Harmon of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, James Kaspar of Aubrey, Texas, Sarah Kaspar of Curitiba, Brazil, Daniel Harmon of Kilgore, Texas, and Stephanie Harmon of Houston, Texas; one great-grandchild, Sydney Kaspar of Aubrey; five siblings, Katherine Spring Chilton of Commerce, Susie Spring West of Mena, Arkansas, Faye Spring Ingram and Margie Spring Williams of Quinlin, Texas, and Jack Spring of Commerce; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James Martin Spring