William D. Sparks
Born Sept. 24, 1931, in Richmond, Ky., he was the son of the late Robert L. Sparks and Leota (McKinney) Sparks.
He was a decorated Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army in the 25th Infantry Division. He often spoke of his experiences protecting his country.
He held the rank of presiding elder and was a former assistant pastor in the Supreme Council of the House of Jacob of the United States of America Inc. He readily shared with others how God had blessed him throughout his entire life.
He attended Madison High School in Richmond, Ky. He was owner and operator of Sparks’ Grocery in Richmond Ky., for many years. Over the last few years of his life, he enjoyed the staff and residents of the nursing home. He served as the president of the facility’s Resident Council. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday there.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Oma Lee (Parrill) Sparks; two sons: David L. Sparks and wife Jan Smith Sparks, Mercersburg, formerly of McConnellsburg, and John E. Sparks of Richmond Ky.; one daughter, Billie Carol Harrison, and husband Jerneal, of Richmond, Ky.; five stepsons: Lawrence Andy Munson and wife Rita, of Graniteville, S.C.; Jacob Mark Munson and wife JoAnn, of Graniteville, S.C.; Daniel L. Munson and wife Shari, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Phillip Wayne Munson and wife Sandra, of Salley, S.C.; and John Doug Munson and wife Sharon, of Paw Paw, W.Va.; one stepdaughter, Martha A. Crumpton, and husband James, of North Augusta, S.C.; one sister, Opal Oakley, and husband Carl, of Murray, Ky.; 26 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James L. Sparks and an adopted son, Edward L. Sparks.
Funeral services were held Oct. 29, 2011 at The Supreme Council of the House of Jacob, Paw Paw, WV. Adv. Pres. Elder Mark Faith officiated, assisted by Pres. Elder David Mundey. Interment was in Ginevan Cemetery in Okonoko, W.Va.
Memorial donations may be given to The Supreme Council of The House of Jacob in Paw Paw, W.Va.