November 23, 1929 - July 7, 2018
Everett Ellis Sparks, 88, passed away at his home on July 7, 2018. He was the eldest son of Ellis Raymond and Bertha Mae (Cox) Sparks of Newton, Illinois. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Barbara Jean (Clark) Sparks; daughters Linda (Sparks) Loveland and Karen Sparks of Jonesville; sons Donald (Sharon) Sparks of Buchannan, W. Virginia and Kevin (Teri) Sparks of Jonesville; nine grandchildren, Rebecca (Jason) Towler of Jonesville; Jason (Dana) Sparks of Statesville, North Carolina; Laura Nevins, Mary (Scott) Mehls, Lucas (Christal) Sparks, and Noah Sparks of Jonesville; Gail Cantu and Laura (Robert) Moore of Texas, and Reggie (Jodie) Loveland of Jonesville. He is also survived by nineteen great-grandchildren; Cordell Price, Grace Knauf, Jackson Nall, Abigail Nevins, Tanner and Maverick Sparks of Jonesville; Riley, Lindy, and Atley Sparks of Statesville, North Carolina; Eddie Cantu, Sam Cantu and Mackenzie (Jeff) Cadwallader of Texas; Adian, Brice, Kennedy, and Caleb Loveland of Jonesville; J.C. Degenhardt, J. Parker and Hailie Moore also of Texas; one brother Lawrence Sparks of Newton, Illinois; sisters-in-law Sue (Charlie) Hilton of Cape Coral, Florida, Renee (Kenneth) Patterson of Noble, Illinois, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son-in-law Reginald Loveland and his brother Wayne Sparks.
He worked on his family farm until being drafted into the U.S. Army and served an 18-month tour of duty in Korea. Prior to leaving for Korea, he married Barbara Jean Clark of Noble, Illinois, on February 11, 1952. Upon discharge from the Army, at the rank of Corporal, he worked as a grain elevator worker and then as a bulldozer operator for the Mathis and Craig Company in the oilfields of southern Illinois. In 1958 he was transferred with several other workers to Jonesville and in March of 1960 moved his wife Barbara and young family to Michigan. He worked as an oilfield excavator for the Mathis and Craig Company in the oilfields of southern Michigan until 1970, when the company then took its operations back to Illinois following the passing of Mr. Mathis. Choosing to remain in Michigan, he purchased a bulldozer and truck from Mr. Craig and started his own company, Everett E. Sparks Oilfield and Farm Service that he owned for 50 years. Over the years he enjoyed camping, working the garden, and being with his family.
Funeral services for Everett Sparks will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Pastor Bob Finegan officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset View Cemetery in Jonesville. The family will receive friends for visitation Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM at the funeral home in Hillsdale.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children.