Funeral services for Kenneth Ray Sparks, 80, of Sulphur Springs will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at West Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Horace Shirey and Bro. Jerry Savage officiating.
Interment will follow at New Pickton Cemetery with Justin Sparks, Austin Sparks, Micah Walker, Maselyn Walker, Colby Short, Conner Bryan and Blake Smith serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be David Sparks, Lewis Orr, Robert Blain, Bill Hager, Gordon Bench, Gerald Moore, Bill Brewer and Mel Panter.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the funeral home.
Mr. Sparks died Friday, March 8, 2013, at UT Southwestern in Dallas.
Kenneth Ray Sparks was born on Dec. 25, 1932, in Pickton, the son of James Starling Sparks and Fanny Burns Sparks.
He married Patricia Mynette 55 years ago. Mrs. Sparks survives.
Mr. Sparks graduated high school in Pickton. He served as sergeant in the United States Army for three years and served in the Korean War. He received his business administration degree at the University of Texas in Austin in 1964. He worked at Exxon in Kingsville and later worked as a supervisor at Campbell’s soup in Paris. Then, 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. He was a member of League Street Church of Christ.
Other survivors include his brother, Pat Sparks and wife, Norma; his children, Kris Walker and husband, Greg, of Bullard, Robby Sparks and wife, Carmen, of Mount Vernon, Stephen Sparks of Winnsboro, and Kreg Sparks and wife, Coni, of Mount Vernon; grandchildren Kaylee Bryan and husband, Connor, of Ruidoso, N.M., Kenzie Smith and husband, Blake, of Bullard, Justin Sparks and wife, Hannah, of Greenville, Micah Walker and wife, Kaleigh, of Fredericksburg, Austin Sparks and wife, Alyssa, of Tyler, Maselyn Walker of Bullard, Colby Short, Taylor Sparks, Carsyn Sparks and Carly Sparks of Mount Vernon; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Pauline Jordan and Lydia Orr; and two brothers, Tobe Sparks and Valton Sparks.
Memorials may be made to Boles Home, 705 Love Lane, Quinlan, Texas 75474 or to Camp Deer Run, 1227 CR 4590, Winnsboro, Texas 75494.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
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