Joe Ernest Sparks
Joe Ernest Sparks
  • April 5, 1937 - February 4, 2017
  • Bells, Texas

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Joe Sparks went to be with his Lord on Saturday, February 4 after a long battle with stomach cancer, liver cancer and two fractures of his neck. Joe's unconditional love, gentle spirit and endless patience were extraordinary. When you were with him, he loved telling stories of his son and daughter growing up and his life and travels with his wife of sixty years, Ann Sparks.

Joe is survived by his wife Ann and his children: Steve Sparks and wife Deneese of Garland, Texas, Beverly Ball and husband Curtis Whitfield of Bells, Texas. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, brothers Leon Sparks of Whitney, Texas, Bob Sparks of Alvarado, Texas and many other dear relatives and friends.

Joe was baptized into the Baptist faith at age 30 and served his Lord in many capacities throughout his life. He attended the Baptist men's prayer breakfast, which led to relief work in Belize as well as community work. He was also a long-standing member of the Travis Masonic Lodge #117 of Sherman, Texas.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 8, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Grayson Bible Baptist Church, 4400 E. Hwy. 82, Sherman, Texas 75090 with services immediately following at 1:30 with Rev. Charles L. Hamilton and Dr. Eddy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas.