James Thomas Sparks, 94, died on Friday, October 27, 2017 at his home. James was born on April 15, 1923 to Everett and Sally Sparks in Logan, IL. He married Betty Jane Smith on January 24, 1942. James served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. He retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Betty; daughters, Sally Sparks Reed and Sara Sparks Barnard; grandson, Cody Ray Casey; granddaughter, Jennifer Reed White; great-grandson, Tyler White; sons-in-law, Jeff Reed and Wally Swingle; great-great-grandson, Beckett Sparks and daughter-in-law, Kim Sparks; and two sisters and one brother, Louise Sparks Fleming, Robert E. Sparks and Nevella Sparks Donley.
James is survived by five sons and five daughters: James Robert Sparks Sandra Sue Fulton (Richard) Stephen Allen Sparks Stephanie Ann Salva (Joe) Susan Kay Swingle Samuel Stewart Sparks (Marsha) Stanford Marshall Sparks Sonya Rene Reed (Wesley) Cynthia Janet Winters (Wayman) Christopher Michael Sparks Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with Brother Richard Peck officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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