Carson Wade Sprow, the President and founder of International Mortuary Shipping LLC, passed away unexpectedly on February 18, 2018. Mr. Sprow was a United States Army Combat Veteran (February 1979-August 1989), serving as a proud United States Army Ranger, 2d Bn, 75th Infantry, and an instructor in the Florida Phase and Desert Phase Ranger School during his final five years of service. He attended the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, Houston TX and graduated in 1990, summa cum laude. During his career, Mr. Sprow taught Restorative Arts in the Piedmont Technical College Mortuary program and served as Preceptor for students completing the internships required for licensing. Mr. Sprow also co-authored the Standard Operating Procedures for identification of human remains through prosthetics and orthodontics with the late Dr. Tony Manoukian, Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Hawaii. The SOP was first used following Hurricane Katrina and later adapted for use by other disaster organizations.
Mr. Sprow was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, the South Carolina Coroner’s Association and Association of Latin American Funeral Homes and Cemeteries. He was a Board Member of the Greenville Symphony and a supporter of the Terrier Club of Wofford College. Mr. Sprow was a member of the Spartanburg Rotary Club, a Mason, and an avid Carolina Panthers fan. Mr. Sprow was known for his boundless energy, generosity, booming laugh and sharp wit as well as his strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit.
Mr. Sprow is survived by his wife, Gale Plotkin Sprow, who resides in Union, South Carolina, and his brother Carl Sprow. He was pre-deceased by his son, Wade Sprow, his mother, Connie Williams and his father, Carlton Ward Sprow.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 21 from 7:00 until 9:00 PM at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home, 310 West South Street, Union SC with burial to follow on Thursday, February 22 at 11:30 AM at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to The Rebecca Kutchins Fund, 1101 Perimeter Drive, Suite 760, Shaumberg, IL 60173 / www.rebeccakutchinsfund.org or to MD Anderson, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, # 426, Houston TX 77030.