Marie Buchanan Sparks

Marie Buchanan Sparks, 96, of the Ledger community, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at the Mitchell House in Spruce Pine.

She was the daughter of the late Willard and Vaultie Wilson Buchanan and the wife of the late Harry Sparks. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Lela Duncan, and Melba Rhyne; and brothers, Jim, Joe, James and Willard Buchanan Jr.

Marie was a charter member of the Ledger Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School of all ages from the time she was 14 years old.

She loved to read her Bible and she was an avid walker until age 89.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa “Tiny” Young and husband, Windle, of Bakersville; son, Don Sparks and wife, Marge, of Menifee, California; sisters, Joyce Buchanan, of Spruce Pine, and Phyllis Jean Sirovy, of Texas; brother, Jack Buchanan, of Christiansburg, Virginia; grandchildren, Alan Young and wife, Monica, of Candler; Stan Young and wife, Becky, of Bakersville, Sonya Erickson, of Wash, Utah, and Tiffany Loveridge and husband, Jeff, of Sacramento, California; and seven great-grandchildren including one special great-granddaughter, Nicole Young.

A Celebration of Life Service is 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in the Ledger Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Stafford officiating.

The family will receive friends after the service. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Sparks Family.



Mark Hughes

Mark Nicholas Hughes, 57, of Buladean, passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, following a most courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was the son of the late Blaine and Margaret Dupkoski Hughes.

Surviving are a daughter, Amanda Hughes Johnson (Hunter); and granddaughter, Brooklyn, of Owen Cross Roads, Alabama. Also surviving are sisters, Kelly Hughes, Melody Hughes, Robyn Hughes, Rebecca Hughes and Julie Young; a brother, Timothy Hughes; nephews, Asa Johnson, and Lincoln and Eli Young; a niece, Whitney Hall; and two great-nieces.

Mark was a hard worker, formerly employed by OMC and Walmart, an honest man and a loyal friend who loved his family.

When able, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors.

A celebration of his life will be announced later.

Condolences can be made to the family at

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
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