Marie Greene Sparks
Marie Greene Sparks, 98, of the Estatoe Community, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Jackson County, she was a daughter of the late Annie Greene and wife of the late Ralph Sparks Sr., who passed away in 1985.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Teddy W. Sparks; grandson, Jon Spencer; sisters, Sadie Smith, Mary Washburn and Molly Smith; and brothers, Algie Greene and Junior Rhineheart. Marie was a very involved member at Liberty Hill Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher, church librarian and bible school worker for many years. She was a talented quilter, loved canning and making crafts for others.
Surviving is her daughter, Lavenia Ann Sparks Spencer, of Marietta, Georgia; son, Ralph “Butch” Sparks Jr., of Johnson City, Tennessee; grandson, Ron C.W. Spencer, of Marietta, Georgia; granddaughters, Natalie Marie Houston and Nena Alice Kennedy, both of Spruce Pine, and Mary Claire Simmons and husband, Jared, of Marietta, Georgia; great-grandchildren, Caleb Cole, Vance and Reed Houston, Teigan, Evelyn and Anderson Simmons; and sister, Willa Mae Woody, and husband, John, of Kansas. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church. The Rev. G.E. Freeman officiated. The family received friends from 10-11 a.m. before services at the church. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Flowers are appreciated, or memorial donations may be made to Liberty Hill Baptist Church for the Vacation Bible School Fund, 241 Hoot Owl Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Visit www.yanceyfuneralservice.com to send online condolences.
Mitchell News-Journal • June 26, 2019