Claristine Sparks, 88, formerly of the Gradyville community, died Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 11:38 P.M. at Signature Healthcare at Summit Manor.
She was born December 3, 1929, in Adair County, to the late Elbert and Arletha Sneed Richard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; William Arbie Sparks on April 19, 2009, and a son; Larry Russell Sparks in infancy. She was a member of Gradyville Baptist Church and a former factory worker at Fruit of the Loom, Edmonton Manufacturing, and Osh Kosh B’Gosh.
Claristine is survived by one son, Jeffery (Phyllis) Sparks of Columbia; one daughter, Carolyn Sue Sparks of Columbia; two grandchildren, Jason (Leslie) Sparks and Tabatha Sparks; one great-grandson, Jayden Sparks; one brother, Elwood Richard of Louisville; one sister, Zelma Sneed of Columbia, as well as several other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Williams officiating. Burial followed in the Sparks Cemetery.
Casketbearers were Dale Hayes, Randall Richard, Willard Parson, Randall Burris, Sammy Booher, Reid Gist, and Jayden Sparks.
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.