She was a member at New Friendship Baptist Church, where she served as the church treasurer and an active member of the ladies Sunday school class.
She worked with Superior Home Healthcare as office manager for many years. Before moving to Cleveland, she worked at Copper Basin Medical Center. She loved life, her family and family gatherings, especially the Dilbeck family reunion every year. She especially enjoyed the fall each year, cheering for the Atlanta Braves and the Tennessee Volunteers.
She was looking forward to watching Peyton Manning win the Super Bowl again. She enjoyed watching and hearing about her grandchildren’s ball games and activities and was a joy to all who knew her. Preceding her in death was her husband, Jack Sparks.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses: Delane “Harvey” Sparks (Kathy “Cuz”), Lisa Sparks Ross (Lynn), Rhonda Sparks Yim (Si) and Holly Sparks Cox (Joel); grandchildren: Carla Sparks Tingle, Stephanie Ballew, Nikki Castelow, Kasi Hicks, Dusty Hicks, Morgan Ross, Keri Beth Cox and Daniel Cox; great-grandchildren: Chayse Wooten, Allie Ballew, Jenna Yim, Jayden Castelow, Anna Ballew, Chloe Castelow, Jack Tingle and Lillie Tingle; brothers, Dan Dilbeck and Larry Dilbeck; and sisters: Marlene German, Brenda Hamby, Darlene Woodward, Frances Bailey and Patt Whitlow.
The funeral will be held at 6:30 p.m. today, Jan. 31, 2014, at New Friendship Baptist Church with Pastor Eric Atkins and Pastor Larry Bryant officiating.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Copper Ridge Memorial Gardens with Harvey Sparks, Lynn Ross, Si Yim, Joel Cox, Jamey Ballew and Dusty Hicks serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Tingle, Jeremy Castelow, Chayse Wooten and Daniel Cox. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. this evening at New Friendship Baptist Church.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Sparks family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.