Eddie Green Sparkman
Eddie Green Sparkman
  • February 5, 1916 - August 26, 2010
  • Mississippi

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Eddie Green Sparkman born February 5, 1916 born in the Cooksville Community in rural
NoxubeeCounty, MS date of deathAugust 26,2070 at Noxubee General Hospital, Macon, MS.
He was precededin death by his parentsJames Edwin and Clara Belle Sanders Sparkman his
wives HelenReevesSparkman and Melba N. Sparkman, son James E. Sparkman, sisters Augusta

S.Nettlesand Mable S. Watt; three brothers Jake, Marvin, and Harold Sparkman
He is survived by his son Eddie Al Sparkman Sr. (Cheryl)of Scooba, MS anddaughters Carolyn
Long, Okalona, MS and Kay Couch (John)Jackson, MS. Grandchildren Al (Angel) and Jason
(Sydney),Tracy Ellen Sparkman, Chip (Kathi) Long andAngie Whitlock, Kevin (Gennie)and
Chris (Marli) Couch. Great-grandchildren Jordan, Erin, and Jackson Green Sparkman; Chase
Blake and Rylie Sparkman,Pierce Tindall; Kamryn, James Palmer and Mia Long; Austin and
Sydney Whitlock; Reece Mallory, Neely Kay, and PalmerWeston Couch; Connor and Caden
Couch. Eddie is also survived by his sister Dixie S. Walker; Columbus, MS and a brother Frank
Sparkman;Coatopa, AL and numerous nieces and nephews

Eddie graduatedfrom Cooksville-Paullette High School in May 1934 and attended East
MississippiJunior College (EMJC) the following two years. He enlistedin the U.S. Marine
Corps in 1937 and served four yearsin peacetime and four yearsduring WWII in the Pacific
Theaterwhere he rose to the rank of l't Lieutenant with numerous battlefield commendations
while taking part in the battles of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, and Saipan. After the war
ended, he returned home and later moved to Kemper County where he became a successful
businessman, land owner, cattleman, and farmer. He served on the Kemper County Board of
Trusteesand served four terms on the Kemper CountyBoard of Supervisors from District One.

Eddie was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, he was a member of Scooba United Methodist
Church,the Kemper County Cattleman's Association, Veteransof Foreign Wars of US, a 2006
EMCC Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and a member of Mississippi State Dug Out Club. In 1997
he received the Cross of Military Service from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, their
mostprizedaward for patriotismandserviceto your Countryin time of war.

Eddie first placed his faith and trust in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the Cooksville
MethodistChurch as a teenager. He stated the Good Lord had brought him throughgood and
bad times throughouthis life and he was alwaysgratefulfor his blessingsof his faith, family,
friends,and country. Eddie always sawthegoodin everyonehe met.

Eddie always had a unique perspectiveon life, he was always forward thinking. He alwayssaw
the future before it unfolded andknew the answer before he ask the question. Not the warmest
or fuzziest of characters, Eddie had only recentlybegun to take stock of his life and consider
what he would leave behind. He told his grandsonnot too long ago that he had lived too long;
the reason was that goatsare bringing more than cows at the sale and, they are selling bottled
water in the stores. Eddie will be remembered for his patriotism,character, integrity, and his
generosityto his fellow-man. He believed that it was important for everyone to get along and
think things through before you act.

The visitation will begin Saturday, August 28,2010 from 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at Stephens
Funeral Home of Dekalb. Funeral services will be held at Scooba United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 29,2010 at2:30 p.m.with the Reverend JamieBailey officiating. Visitation will
be available at the church 30 minutes prior to the funeral services. Burial will be at Cedar Lawn

Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home of DeKalb in chargeof arrangements. Pall Bearers
include: Joe Sparkman, Hansel Sparkman, Rickey Walker, Carroll Walker Jr.,Eddie Briggs and
Ken Aust. Honorary Pall Bearers are Dan Meacham and Jessie Baty.

Memorialsmay be sent to Scooba United Methodist Church or East Mississippi Community
College Development FoundationAthletics,