Len Earl Sparks, 81, of Trion, Ga., died on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at his residence.
Mr. Sparks was born April 18, 1931 in Cherokee County, Ala., the son of the late Voy Sparks and Edgel Dockery Sparks. He was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills where he had worked in the spinning department and security. Mr. Sparks was a member of Pennville Church of Christ and Tri County Coon Hunters Association. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean War. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Sherrill Sparks.
Mr. Sparks is survived by his wife, Rachel Sparks; son and wife, Jack and Karen Sparks; daughter and husband, Delaine and Nolan Crisp; sister, Darnell Amico; brothers, Wayne Sparks, Dale Sparks, and Garlis Sparks; grandchildren and husbands, Misty and Robert McQuese, Lori and Anthony McWhorter, Brittany Sparks, and Nathaniel Sparks; great grandchildren, Noah McQuese, Eli McQuese, and Will McWhorter.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 11, at Pennville Church of Christ with Min Robbie Eversole and Min. Tommy Broome officiating. Burial will follow in West Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Randy Young, Stanley Mann, Brian Sparks, Michael Sparks, Sam Mann, and Alan Mann. Honorary pallbearers will be all members of Pennville Church of Christ, David Shadrick and Charles Shadrick.
Mr. Sparks will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. He will also lie in state at the church from noon until the service hour on Monday.