Bruce Howard Sparks was born June 8, 1925, in Bakersville, to Reuben Stokes Sparks and Louise Gouge Sparks. He was their last surviving child. He was a retired United States Navy Master Chief who served his country for 26 years during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He spent two years of active duty aboard the USS Boise CL-47 in the Pacific. The Boise was a light cruiser that sank several enemy ships, shot down enemy aircraft and bombarded enemy positions to protect U.S. troops.
He passed away Oct. 15, 2018, at the age of 93, in the presence of his loving family. He leaves his devoted wife of 70 years, Gladys Johnson Sparks, of Spruce Pine. Also, one daughter, Janis Sparks, of Beaufort, South Carolina; two grandchildren, John Hartz, of Front Royal, Virginia, and Mary Chapman, and husband, Brandon, of Beaufort, South Carolina; and two great-granddaughters, Ava and Ella Chapman. There are also several nieces and nephews.
He was an avid reader, gardener, golfer and member of the Grassy Creek Golf Club for 30 years.
There will be no services or flowers. The family would like to thank Hospice for its wonderful care of him for the past two years. Memorials may be made in his honor to Hospice of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.