Willie (Robert) Sparks was born in Scotts Gulf in White County, TN and moved to Board Valley. He attended the Board Valley Baptist Church in Board Valley Community and attended Board Valley School. He moved with his family to the Hickory Valley Community when he was 16 years old.
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Robert worked for farmers in the area as a young man. He also worked as a plumber, owned a lawn mower repair shop and volunteered for the Hickory Valley Fire Department. Robert worked at Sparta Spoke Factory for several years as well as the White County Farmers Co-Op. Robert was a carpenter and built many houses in Sparta. His last job was at the Fall Creek Falls State Park which he enjoyed for 10 years.
He loved going to church and was song leader for several years at Frasiers’ Chapel in Hickory Valley Community. For the last 3 years he was always eager to attend White County Mennonite Church. Robert also adored being with his grandchildren and going fishing with his grandsons.
Robert will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He was looking forward to being welcomed by his family in Heaven.
Robert was preceded in death by; Parents- Willie Daniels Sparks and Edith Belle (Davis) Sparks, First Wife- Jean Ann (Wilson) Sparks, Brothers- Norvan Sparks and Ray Sparks, Sister- Mary Frances Wilson and Step-Daughters- Roseanne Whitney Rich and Nicole Lynne (Rich) Cordova.
Robert is survived by; Wife- Nancy Jan (Boone) Sparks
Daughters- Joyce Leann (Sparks) Bradshaw, Doris Jean (Sparks) Russell and Husband Johnny Russell.
Brothers- Orvan Sparks and Wife- Maude Ann Sparks, Carl Sparks and Wife- Mary (Wilson) Sparks and Clinton Sparks and Wife- Carol (Swift) Sparks, Glenn Sparks, and Lynn Sparks.
Sister- Virginia Sparks
Grandchildren- Cody, Cole and Casey Russell and Brittany and Kane Pedigo.
Great-Grandchildren- Sophie, Jackson, Aiden, Asher and Sawyer Russell, Oliver, and Lincoln Allen.
Step-Daughters- Misty Marie Boone, Dallas D. (Moore) McCarver (Norman) and Rachel Benmier (Roy)
The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. There will be a Graveside Service Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Frasier's Chapel Cemetery at 11 a.m. with Jessie Myers and Lee Diller officiating.
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