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John H. Sparks, also known as Johnnie Sparks, was Born Johnson Hartwell Sparks in Grandfield Oklahoma, on June 23, 1922, the Ninth and second youngest child of his parents, Johnson Elsberry Sparks and Tennessee Russell. He was born into a family of dustbowl sharecroppers during the darkest years of the Great Depression, and carried that difficult experience with him throughout his life. But that experience served as a driving force behind his desire to succeed and amply provide for his family. And this he did a wonderful job of. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances, all of his brothers and sisters, and one Granddaughter, Audrey.

When duty called during World War II, John answered that call and joined the United States Army. John became a Corporal in Battery D, 481st Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion attached to the Army Air Force. He was assigned to a mobile anti-aircraft gun battery, and they landed in Normandy during the D-Day invasion, and then continued onward into Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland until victory in Europe was declared. He entered service on December 28, 1942 and was honorably discharged on December 10, 1945.

As a young veteran after the war, John moved to Dallas and began working at a plumbing supply company where he met his wife, Frances, and attended a business school at night. He later began working for Texaco at its warehouse and terminal facility on Singleton Blvd. in Dallas. Years later he and Frances established their own Texaco distributorship. Over many years John and Frances worked tirelessly to grow their business into the successful enterprise that it became under their watch. They had a great working partnership in addition to their loving and successful marriage. They both always understood the value of a dollar and the importance of saving, and they lived comfortably yet frugally after the lessons they both learned well from their young lives during hard times. They raised three children, Karen, Glenn and Robin, and made sure that each were provided with a college education, and then later also were very proud to have financed their grandchildren’s college educations.

During his retirement years, John and Frances were fortunate to enjoy travels all over the United States, including trips to Hawaii and Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and they also enjoyed many ocean cruises. Upon retirement, they built a beautiful retirement home on Lake Cedar Creek that they loved and where they enjoyed boating, fishing, watching the ducks, enjoying the sunsets and enjoyed entertaining visiting family and friends. They later relocated to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas, Heritage Ranch in McKinney, Texas, and next to White Rock Lake in Dallas. After Frances’ passing in July 2013, John moved to Rockwall to be closer to his children, Robin and Glenn, where he was blessed to spend many happy times with them and his grandson Nick. John had a great sense of humor and always loved to tell a joke or hear one. John also loved OU football, playing and watching golf, reading, and keeping up with news and current events. He was blessed to have a good memory and razor sharp mind to the end. John was also quite adept at using the computer and loved to send and receive emails to share jokes and beautiful photographs. He loved good food and a good buffet was irresistible to him. He enjoyed face timing or skyping with his Granddaughter Stephanie and his Great-granddaughter Lillian and her new baby brother Jackson. He also enjoyed an occasional game of Wii or checkers with Grandson Nick.

John was baptized into the Christian faith in the Presbyterian Church when his family lived in Irving in the 1960’s, and he was ready when called home by the Lord on May 7, 2017. He was at peace and ready for a new journey, and when reminded the day before his passing that we would all see him again after he was gone, he nodded his head in understanding and agreement. Rest peacefully dear Dad, until we all meet happily again.

Burial will be at Laurel Land cemetery at a graveside memorial service on Saturday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m., with a reception following in the Laurel Land building. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the American Cancer Society or any other charity of your choice.....