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Charles (Sparky) Sparks, Adair Co., KY (1961-2011)

He loved his work. He loved what he did and quietly and competently performed vital roles with an extraordinary passion and absolute dedication. He commanded profound respect during his too brief lifetime - respect now realized even more in homage paid not only from members of his home town, but among colleagues across the state. It was respect shown so many times today along the path of his epic homecoming cortege from Louisville as it wended its way south through communities which lined the route with the highest symbolism of honor. It was manifest as Adair Countians met with unspoken understanding of a shared, deeply felt loss.

Charles Sparks was a descendant of great pioneer Adair County families, born into a tradition of public service. He carried on that tradition with great honor. He was a Deputy Kentucky State Fire Marshal for the past 23 years, a fire and rescue instructor for the Kentucky Community Technical College System, Assistant Fire Chief of the City of Columbia Fire Department, a member of the Columbia - Adair County Volunteer Fire Department for 32 years, and an Emergency Medical Technician for the Adair County Ambulance Service. Charles Sparks was a member of the Columbia Christian Church where visitation and memorial services will be held Sunday and Monday, July 10 and 11.


Charles "Sparky" Sparks, age 49 years of Columbia, KY passed away Friday, July 8, 2011 at 4:35am at the Audubon Hospital in Louisville, KY from an apparent heart attack he suffered on June 30, 2011, while fighting a house fire in the Garlin Community of Adair County.The funeral service will be Monday July 11, 2011 at 1pmCT, at the Columbia Christian Church, 206 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY 42728 with Bro. Raymond Martin & Bro. Terry White the officiating clergy. Burial will be in the Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty RD, Columbia, KY with funeral honors presented by members of the Kentucky Fire Commission, Kentucky State Fire Marshal Office and from fire departments across Kentucky.

Visitation will be after 2:30pmCT, Sunday, July 11, 2011, at the Columbia Christian Church and after 6amCT, Monday until time for service at Columbia Christian Church. Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Charles (Sparky) Sparks, Adair Co., KY (1961-2011)

He was born Friday, September 15, 1961 in Columbia, Adair Co., KY. He was the son of Charley and Helen Hancock Sparks, who survive. He died Friday, July 9, 2011, in Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY, at the age of 49 years, 9 months, and 23 days.

Charles Sparks was a Deputy Kentucky State Fire Marshal for the past 23 years, a fire and rescue instructor for the Kentucky Community Technical College System, Assistant Fire Chief of the City of Columbia Fire Department, a member of the Columbia - Adair County Volunteer Fire Department for 32 years, and an Emergency Medical Technician for the Adair County Ambulance Service.

He was a member of the Columbia Christian Church.

He is survived by the following:
  • His parents: Charley and Helen Hancock Sparks of Columbia, KY

  • His wife: Tammy Akin Sparks of Columbia, KY

  • One son: Trent Sparks of Columbia, KY

  • Memorial are suggested to the WHAS Crusade for Children 520 West Chestnut Street Louisville, KY 40202 or the Green River Animal Shelter 455 Jim Blair Road, Columbia, KY42728This obituary may be viewed and a guest book signed online at Register Book at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home


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