James Lee Sparks, 72, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2007, in St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, following a long illness.
He was born Dec. 26, 1934, in Cassville, the son of Charlie and Bernice (Hilburn) Sparks. On March 10, 1960, in Cassville, he was united in marriage to Sharon Grimes, who survives.
Additional survivors include: two sons, Doyle Sparks and his wife, Madonna, and Jimmy Sparks all of Cassville; one daughter, Teresa Boxley and her husband, Karroll, of Cassville; one brother, Allen Sparks, of Cassville; nine grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
He received his education at Cassville High School. He worked as a police officer and a milkman in the 1960s. For 22 years he was employed as a driver, mechanic and a dispatcher for Barry County Ready Mix.
From April 10, 1957, until April 9, 1963, he served in the United States Army.
He was a member of Grace Southern Baptist Church, the Lions Club and the Rifleman's Association.
Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. Charles Chrisman conducted the services. Burial with military honors was at Russell Cemetery, Butterfield.
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