Funeral services for Kenneth Ray Sparks, age 80 of Sulphur Springs, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013 at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel in Sulphur Springs with Bro. Horace Shirey and Bro. Jerry Savage officiating.
Burial was in the New Pickton Cemetery.
Mr. Sparks was born on Dec. 25, 1932 in Pickton to James Starling Sparks and Fanny Burns Sparks. He graduated from High School in Pickton, served as Sergeant in the United States Army for three years and served in the Korean War. He received his business administration degree from the University of Texas in Austin in 1964. He worked at Exxon in Kingsville, Tex., and later worked as a supervisor at Campbell’s Soup in Paris. For many years, he operated his family-owned dairy in Hopkins County. After he retired from dairying, he worked as a USDA inspector in Mount Pleasant for several years. After retirement, he and his wife traveled in their motor home. He was a member of League Street Church of Christ in Sulphur Springs.
He died Friday, March 8 at U. T. Southwestern in Dallas. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Pauline Jordan and Lydia Orr, and his brothers, Tobe Sparks and Valton Sparks.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Sparks; his brother and sister-in-law, Pat and Norma Sparks; his children and their spouses, Kris and Greg Walker of Bullard, Robby and Carmen Sparks of Mount Vernon, Stephen Sparks of Winnsboro, Kreg and Coni Sparks of Mount Vernon; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Justin Sparks, Austin Sparks, Micah Walker, Maselyn Walker, Colby Short, Conner Bryan and Blake Smith. Honorary pallbearers were David Sparks, Lewis Orr, Robert Blain, Bill Hager, Gordon Bench, Gerald Moore, Bill Brewer and Mel Panter.
Memorials may be made to Boles Home, 705 Love Lane, Quinlan, Tex., 75474 or to Camp Deer Run, 1227 CR 4590, Winnsboro, Tex., 75494.