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Obituary: Jimmy Sparks, 74, Columbia, KY

Mr. Sparks was a member of a prominent, respected Columbia family. He was a member of the Columbia Baptist Church. He worked at Western Auto here for many years and was later in business as Sparks Small Engine Repair. He was a U.S. Navy veteran

Jimmy Sparks, 74, of 708 Greensburg St., Columbia, KY, passed awayWednesday, April 22, 2009 at 7:30pmCT at his home after an illness.

The funeral service is Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 10:00amCT, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Joe Sullivan officiating. Interment will be in Haven Hill Cemetery, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be at the funeral home after 4:30pmCT, Friday, April 25, 2009.

Jimmy was a member of Columbia Baptist Church. He had worked at Western Auto Store for several years, and was the owner of Sparks Small Engine Repair in Columbia, KY. He had served in the U. S. Navy.

He was born December 12, 1934, the son of the late Arbie and Dee Roach Sparks.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Smith Sparks, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • One brother: Charles W. Sparks, Columbia, KY

  • A special aunt, Edna Emmetsburger, Louisville, KY

  • And several nieces, nephews & a host of other relatives and friends
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Sparks on January 7, 1970 and by one brother and one sister, W. L. Sparks and Magdelene Henson

Expression of sympathy may take the form of a donation to Relay for Lifein memory of Jimmy at Columbia Baptist Church or Columbia Christian Church and can be made at the funeral home or the churches.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of funeral arrangements.

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This obituary was made possible through the support of Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, established in 1922, located at 210 Greensburg Street in Columbia. To reach Louis and Brenda McQueary and Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, phone 270-384-2145, or call our 24-hour community obituary information line, 384-6999. E-mail: Website URL: Friends you trust, caring for people you love.

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