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In memory of Norman Sprinthall, our Friend of the Fort Caswell Rifle Range

These past two years have been challenging. Many friends and family have been lost. We have shared the loss of friends in the past, and donations have been made to the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range in honor of the passing of another friend.

Today we mourn the loss of our friend, Norman Sprinthall.

Norman and his wife Lois were early supporters of the stabilization and restoration of the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range. The effort began in 2011.

Norman’s father served in World War I and their large donation to the WWI memorial that was installed at the rifle range on the Centennial was in honor of his father, Sergeant Archie Sprinthall.

“My father joined the war effort in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and he would have wanted me to help save this rifle range located in our residential area in Caswell Beach.” ~ Norman

One of the missions of the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range is to research, publicize, and preserve the legacies of the men and women of Brunswick County who served in the World War. The birth of that mission was rooted in our initial World War I Wall of Honor.

The wall was created to honor the WWI veterans who were ancestors of the supporters of the rifle range. Norman’s father Sergeant Archie Sprinthall and his friends who lost their lives in WWI were the foundation of our Wall of Honor.

When the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range published Brunswick County in the Great War, Norman and Lois purchased several copies for the Caswell Dunes clubhouse library to help educate the community not only about WWI, but about the priceless historic structure, the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range, which was located in their own neighborhood.

“What is funny, well not really funny, is that I’ve been passing the rifle range so often since we purchased our condo back in 1985 and never thought to find out what it was or what it was used for. So now that we all know that it was used to train the military to perfect their marksmanship before leaving for France in World War I, why not put our heads together and make it a memorial for all residents in NC to honor, especially Caswell Beach? This historic structure tells us a story of our past going back 100 years ago.”
~ Norman

Norman and Lois were present at nearly all of the fundraisers, events, and Roll Calls, and continued to donate funds or finance anything they felt needed attention, such as No Trespassing signs as the work continued on the rifle range bunker. Photos were published in local newspapers to document their involvement in 2013, 2016 (1, 2, 3), and 2017.

Norman Sprinthall will forever be embedded in the fabric of the rifle range restoration story.

Norman passed away on March 8.

Please read Norman’s obituary to learn about the contributions he made to the communities outside of Caswell Dunes.

Dr. Norman A. Sprinthall Memorial Fund

A memorial fund has been established at the request of Norman’s family.

Please mail memorial contributions to:
Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range
Dr. Norman A. Sprinthall Memorial Fund
5 Foxfire Trace
Caswell Beach, NC 28465

 

Please email ftcaswellriflerange@gmail.com if you require any assistance.

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All of our members are volunteers and receive no compensation.

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In memory of the friends we lost in 2019

Last year we lost two lovely members of our community. Both were long term supporters of the rifle range project.

Please read their obituaries to learn about the contributions they made to the communities outside of Caswell Dunes.

Ruth Ann Baker McLellan frequently volunteered at fundraisers for the rifle range. She enjoyed dressing for the Derby Day fundraisers, as shown in the photos below. Ruth’s parents, Dr. Horace and Dorothy Baker, were among the first residents of Caswell Dunes in the 1980s. Ruth Ann was a frequent visitor, continuing to visit after the deaths of her parents.

Ruth Ann passed away on August 11. Her obituary is available at https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/ruth-ann-mclellan-obituary?pid=193620048

Jody McCann served as the first Secretary/Treasurer of the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range non-profit. She was also a former Treasurer of the Caswell Dunes Home Owners Association.

Jody passed away on September 15. Her obituary is available at https://www.carolinafuneral.com/notices/MrsJody-McCann

Both will be missed.

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