William B. Sparks, "Sparkey", 84, of Buckhannon, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Colonial Place in Elkins.
He was born on April 2, 1929, at Ivanhoe, a son of the late William E. Sparks and Pearl Snyder Sparks Tenney. On Dec. 23, 1951, he was united in marriage to Phyllis L. Corbitt, who preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 2009.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Edward E. Sparks and wife, Lavonne; one brother-in-law, Glenn Bailey; and one son-in-law, George J. Hamner, who died in the Sago Mine disaster.
He is survived by one daughter, Deborah Hamner; and one son, William B. (Bill) Sparks II and wife, Marion; two grandchildren, Sara Hamner and William B. (Will) Sparks III, all of Buckhannon.
Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Gleneva (Clarence) Clutter of Buckhannon, Mrs. Elnetta (Lester) Hamrick of Tennerton and Mrs. Shirley Bailey of Hinkleville; and one half-brother, Ronald L. Tenney, and wife, Jane, of Hinkleville.
"Sparkey" was a local businessman for 60 years as owner/operator of the Corner Amoco, later known as Sparkey's Exxon, Sparkey's West End Grocery and Sparkey's Wholesale Tire. He was a life member of the Moose Lodge No. 598 and served as a volunteer fireman for the Buckhannon Fire Department for 26 years.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion.
The family will receive friends at Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, from 10 to11 a.m., the funeral hour, with the Rev. Wease Day officiating. Interment will follow in the Buckhannon Memorial Park, where the Upshur County Honor Guard will conduct military honors.
Online condolences may be extended to the Sparks family at www.heavnerandcutright.com.
The Sparks family has entrusted the arrangements to Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel.