Shirley Faye Oswalt Sparks – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Shirley Faye Oswalt Sparks, 73, of Russellville, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Sparks was a lifetime resident of Franklin County and a member of Tharptown Baptist Church.

Her family was the love of her life, especially her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. She loved cooking at the church, which was her ministry. God has gotten an angel. Though we will miss her greatly, our loss is heaven’s gain.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Tharptown Baptist Church, with burial in Tharptown Cemetery. Officiating will be Haskel Sparks, Brother Josh Miller and granddaughter, Whitney Swinney. The body will be placed in the church one hour before the service. The family received friends at Pinkard Funeral Home, Russellville, Tuesday, March 19, from 5 until 8 p.m.

Survivors include children, Sheilah Sparks Lane (Lynn), Philip Morris Sparks (Andrea), all of Russellville, and Michael Stefan Sparks (Nikki), Hatton; sisters, Gaynell Oswalt Green, Muscle Shoals, and Sandra Oswalt Lane (Greg), Russellville; grandchildren, Whitney Lane Swinney (Craig), Will Lane (fiancée, Tamera), Kirk Sparks, Tiffany Sparks (fiancé Trevor), Erika Sparks, Caleb Seay, Caroline Sparks, Gunner Lovelady, Jesy Lovelady; many nieces; nephews; and friends.

Pallbearers will be Will Lane, Kirk Sparks, Craig Swinney, Trevor Hallmark, Randy Sparks, Martin Little, Caleb Seay and Danny Sparks.

Honorary pallbearer will be Gunner Lovelady.

She was preceded in death by husband, Billy Morris Sparks; parents, Travis and Clarice Oswalt; and nephew, Jason Lane.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Tharptown Baptist Church Building Fund.

Pinkard Funeral Home, Russellville, will be directing.

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