Times Staff Report
June 18, 2013
McKinley Sparks Jr., 75, of Peachy Williams Road, in Frenchburg, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, at the VA Medical Center, in Lexington.
He was born Nov. 21, 1937, in Prestonsburg, the son of the late William McKinley Sr. and Jettie Wells Sparks. He was a retired truck driver for Consolidated Freight, in Orlando, Fla., a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force, and a member of the Winchester Seventh Day Adventist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Diane L. Sparks, of Frenchburg; two sons, William M. Sparks III and Dalcus E. Sparks; a daughter, Becky Bailey, of North Carolina; a step-daughter,Yvonne Schutt, of Frenchburg; a brother, Oakley Sparks, of Prestonsburg; four sisters, Pauline Wells, of Prestonsburg, Sue Tobin, of Richmond, Dinah Van Hoosen, of Emma, and Mary Click, of Prestonsburg; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Thomas Sparks.
Graveside services were at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery, with Rev. Tom Kyser officiating. In lieu of flowers donations suggested to the Wounded Warriors.
Taul Funeral Homes of Frenchburg in charge of arrangements.