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Joe C. Sparks, WWII veteran, retired Gradyville businessman, dies

The funeral service for Joe C. Sparks, 82, Columbia, KY, will be Sunday, April 17, 2005, at 1:00 p.m., at Grissom Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, with Rev. William Davenport and Rev. Gerald Reliford officiating.

Mr. Sparks died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at 4:27 a.m., at the Westlake Regional Hospital.

He was a son of the late John Wes and Elva Hunter Sparks.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 8th Air Force in England. He was a tail gunner on a B-24 fighter plane and received several medals.

Prior to his retirement, he operated a mill and feed store with other members of his family in Gradyville.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Columbia Lodge 96, and VFW Post 6097.

Survivors include the following:
  • One brother: W. A. Sparks, Columbia, KY

  • Four sisters: Norma "Butch" McCormick, Russellville, KY; Irene Love, Bowling Green, KY; Fay Campbell, Odin, IL; and Virginia Wonderling, LaCross, WI.

  • Several nieces and nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother: Marie Breeding, Mary Frances Petway, and James H. "Jiggs" Sparks.

Burial will be in Sparks Cemetery with military honors presented by VFW Post 6097.

Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2005, at Grissom Funeral Home.

Masonic Rites wil be conducted at 12:45 p.m., Sunday, April 17, by Columbia Lodge 96.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund.

This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or

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Joe C. Sparks dies at age 82

2005-04-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy of the family. MR. JOE C. SPARKS, 82, passed away Wednesday at Westlake Regional Hospital. He was a veteran of World War II and he operated a mill and feed store with other members of his family in Gradyville. Click 'read more' for his obituary.
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