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April 13, 2024

Mary Katherine Sloan Sprinkle

Mary Katherine Sloan Sprinkle

Mary Katherine Sloan Sprinkle, 91, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Iredell Health System in Statesville.

Born July 24, 1929, in Iredell County, she was the daughter of the late Wade Allison Sloan and Annie Martin Sloan. She was married to James Haskell Sprinkle and they shared 47 years together, until his passing in 2000.

Katherine was a graduate of Central High School and Appalachian State Teachers College. She retired after 30 years of teaching in the Alexander County School System. She was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church and served in many activities as long as her health permitted.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Billy Lynn Sprinkle; infant twin Jordan granddaughters; her sisters, Yvonne Gibson and husband Jack Gibson, and Ruby McLain and husband Rev. James McLain; and brothers-in-law, Clarence Donahue and Donald K. Zigler.

Left to cherish her memory include her son, James Allen Sprinkle and wife Shannon; daughter, Sandra Kaye Jordan and husband Kent; her daughter-in-law, Diane Sprinkle; grandchildren, Bryant Sprinkle and wife Laura, Patrick Sprinkle, Joshua Jordan, Sarah Jordan, Aaron Jordan and wife Delanna, and Jessica Sprinkle; and her great-granddaughter, Salem Johnson. Also surviving are sisters, Virginia Donahue, Linda Ziglar, and Susan Raymer and husband Rev. Ray Raymer; and a special aunt, Marie Sprinkle.

A graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery in Hiddenite with Rev. Durant Barr officiating. The family will receive friends following services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 41 Center Church Rd, Hiddenite, NC 28636.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the Sprinkle Family and online condolences may be sent to


  1. Wanda Price Harrington on April 12, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    I am just now learning if Ms. Katherine’s passing. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. She was a very special lady and I thought the world of her. I had her for Home Ec. at SPHS . She was a super teacher and great friend. Heaven gained a precious angel. My prayers are with you Jimmy, Sandra and family.

    • Emily Miller Poole on May 15, 2021 at 5:07 pm

      The best 1st grade teacher and a wonderful friend to my mom, Margie Miller who was the school nurse and loved her dearly as more than co workers. You gave me good learning skills early.

  2. Janet Shaver on April 13, 2021 at 10:26 am

    She was such a sweet, gentle lady. Sorry for your loss family.

  3. Kay White Jarvis on April 13, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Mrs. Sprinkle was an amazing woman who touched many children’s lives. I worked with her until she retired and she always greeted everyone with her sweet smile. Much sympathy to her family.

  4. Teresa Pearson McLain on April 13, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of Katherine she was a very special lady she was my first grade teacher at Stony Point Elementary School I learned so much from her and I know that you all will miss her very much my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Terisa Morrison on April 14, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    I am sad to learn of Mrs Sprinkle’s passing. I loved her from the moment I met her in 1st grade. She was kind and gentle and I will never forget her. She always made me feel special yet she was the special one. I know her family will miss her so much she was a true blessing and a light to all who know her. Love you always Mrs Sprinkle!! Terisa

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