Addie Virginia “Ginny” Sparacino, (July 26, 1932 – June 6, 2022) a devoted mother, homemaker, sister, loyal friend, world traveler, and brave soul, died Monday, June 6, 2022 in Columbia, Tennessee.
Ginny was the youngest of 12 children born to Lee Greenbriar Lowhorn and Allie Dosha Blackburn Lowhorn. She was the first of her siblings to graduate from high school, thanks to the encouragement of her respected basketball coach. She was also a school cheerleader and a natural athlete, playing guard on the women’s basketball team. Her older sisters and brothers married or joined the United States Armed Forces before graduating from high school. Ginny married Jay Doolittle on October 9, 1952 in Lowell, Indiana and together they raised three children, Jan, Douglas and Lani. Ginny was known for her unwavering dedication to her family and children and her strong work ethic. She worked for many years for the Bell Telephone Company in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and later held several office positions in other locations and organizations. As a housewife, Ginny was an accomplished seamstress and knitter and enjoyed making clothes for her family and herself. She made sure her family faithfully attended church, Sunday school, and summer Bible school wherever they lived at the time. In the early years as an Airman’s wife, Ginny lived in many places with her growing family after leaving her birthplace of Tullahoma, TN. She has lived in Lowell, Indiana, Honolulu, Hawaii, Falmouth, Massachusetts, Rome, New York, Goldsboro, North Carolina, Ramstein Airforce Base in Germany, and Tampa, Florida. She then returned to Tennessee in her later years.
When she was raising her young children, her husband often traveled for the US Air Force and she was away from her family. She was very resourceful and quickly learned to fend for herself, while creating a strong network of friends and neighbors around her. She helped her neighbors, and they helped her too, as military families often do. Ginny was known for her delicious chicken and dumpling soup and for contributing to the frequent bake sales and activities the children attended. She was also very involved in supporting the Cub Scout and Girl Scout groups her children belonged to, as well as sports activities. teams in which they played. The long months when her husband was away in Viet Nam in 1970-71 were one of the most difficult times for her and her children. Ginny loved bringing her family together and she was often the enthusiastic “leader” of the Lowhorns to throw games and activities at the annual Lowhorn family gatherings.
She was an accomplished bowler and bowled in recreational bowling leagues for many years. Her best bowling game was over 260. She also learned racquetball, snow skiing and enjoyed playing cards and relished the occasional trip to Las Vegas or Tunica. She was a formidable competitor with cards or Bingo and had a knack for winning. In recent years, she often offered her bingo prizes to others to brighten someone else’s day. After 21 years of marriage, Jay and Ginny divorced and she met and then married John Sparacino on April 1, 1989 in Tampa, Florida. They then moved to Tullahoma, Tennessee. Ginny and John have enjoyed traveling and have visited many wonderful places together including Hawaii, Alaska, Italy, Sweden, as well as visiting family and skiing in Colorado. They established a second home near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they often spent their winters. Ginny suffered a tragic accident in 2003 which left her paralyzed from the chest down. His busy life suddenly came to a halt. She responded to this drastic life change with courage and determination. Her husband John soon took on day-to-day responsibility for most of her care at home, and he faithfully continued this labor of love for 11 years until his death in January 2013.
Ginny is survived by her three children and their spouses: Jan M. DeSanti/Mark DeSanti (Lakewood, Colorado), Douglas W. Doolittle/Susan O’Donnell (Franklin, Tennessee) and Lani Biller/Frank Biller (Holland, Michigan) ; daughter-in-law, Dr. Kathy Sparacino; grandchildren, Daniel J. DeSanti, Heather L. Porter, Leigh E. DeSanti and Melani J. McDonald; great-grandchildren, Khloe K. Rivera, Gavin M. McDonald, Finley M. McDonald and Danielle LA DeSanti; step-grandchild and spouse, Evan Biller/Sydney Biller; Step-great-grandchildren, Xavier Biller and Shelby Sparacino; his sister, Emma Jean Haslett; and her first husband, Jay Doolittle. Ginny was predeceased by her parents, her stepmother, Christina Holder, and her firstborn, Jay Doolittle, Jr. (1953), and her second spouse, her four sisters, Annie Mae Lightfoot, Effie Fanning, Susie Elizabeth Beavers Turner, Mary Allene Letner and her six brothers, James Lowhorn, Clifton Lowhorn, Bill Lowhorn, Dan Lowhorn, David Lowhorn and Sherman Lowhorn, and one daughter-in-law, Lynn Sparacino.
Visitation for Ginny will be on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Kilgore Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the funeral immediately following at 1 p.m. with Pastor Kenneth Gordon of New Life United Pentecostal Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma. After the interment, there will be a reception at New Life Pentecostal Church in Tullahoma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Spinal Association, 120-34 Queens Boulevard #320, Kew Gardens, New York 11415 or at www.unitedspinal.org. The family gives special thanks to the staff at LifeCare Tullahoma and LifeCare Columbia who cared for Ginny during her stay at their facilities from 2012-2022, and to all family and friends who visited and extended many expressions of love. and support. to Ginny and her family over the past few years. We appreciate each and every one of you and God bless you all.
Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Tullahoma News – June 12, 2022