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Mildred Louise Sparks
June 23, 1945 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and I will give you rest.” Mildred Sparks entered into this much deserved heavenly rest on Thursday, January 25, 2024, in Harrison, Arkansas. Mildred Louise (Smith) Sparks was born on June 23, 1945 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Coy and Verdean (Reed) Smith and lived in the Deer community until she married Wesley D. Sparks on December 1, 1963. He remained faithfully beside her throughout their sixty years of marriage and survives her of the home.
Along with her husband, Mildred is survived by three daughters, Wilma Root of Ridgeway, Linda and Randy Dotson of Cowell, Regina and Anthony Root of Kingston; one son Wesley A. and Gayla Sparks of Omaha; four granddaughters, Sara and Trenton Campbell, Haley and Caleb Dye, Chandra and Jonathan Emitt, and Hannah and Triston Rehm; three grandsons, Tyler and Bayley Root, James and Joni Dotson, and Charles and Michaela Dotson; two brothers, Samuel Smith and Carl and Kathy Smith; three sisters, Nancy and Jim George, Janis and Harold Freeman, and Susan and Ricky Smith; sisters-in-law Jackie Smith and Francis Smith; and brothers-in-law Dairl Campbell and Joey White. She also leaves behind fifteen beloved great-grandchildren who never failed to brighten her day.
Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter Nadean; two sisters, Carolyn Campbell and Barbara White; three brothers, Gary, Oscar, and Kenneth Smith; two nieces, Laveta Wofford and Renee Fisk; and one nephew Nikki White. She is also preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law Doy and Bertha Sparks; sisters-in-law Janis Ann Smith and Lorene Smith; and a brother-in-law Kenneth Campbell.
Mildred lived her whole life in service to others. As the oldest of eleven children, she cared for her younger siblings. At the age of 16, she moved into her paternal grandparents’ home to care for them until she married two years later. She clothed her children with hand sewn clothing and fed them home cooked meals from food raised in their garden. Mildred canned countless jars of potatoes, corn, tomatoes, peaches, and anything else that grew on the land.
Her role as a caregiver did not end when her children turned eighteen. Mildred believed that God had a reason for giving her a child with special needs. She selflessly cared for Nadean until the Lord took her home on April 2, 2017.
She continued nurturing her grandchildren who remember all the fun times they shared together on camping trips and the countless mornings eating chocolate gravy after spending fun nights at granny and papa’s house.
Mildred also nurtured her church family. She sent cards to everyone on their birthday and was the first one to visit when someone was going through a difficult time. Whether it be a pot of beans and cornbread, a helping hand, or a shoulder to cry on, she gave all of herself to everyone she knew. She touched countless lives by using her God-given gift to serve others. This “thankless” gift is being greatly rewarded in Heaven.
Visitation will be at Capps Full Gospel Church in Harrison on Monday, January 29, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at Capps Full Gospel Church in Harrison on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Eddie Reed officiating. Interment will be at Cave Mountain Cemetery. Her grandsons will serve as the pallbearers. Kennie Woods, her nieces and nephews, and the staff of Ridgemont Hall at Hillcrest Nursing Home along with Dr. Kevin Jackson will serve as the honorary pallbearers.
The family would like to give special thanks to Hillcrest Nursing home for all of the love and compassion they bestowed upon Mildred during her illness.
Funeral services are under the direction of Madison County Funeral Service of Huntsville.