PORT NORRIS, N.J. - Mr. Benjamin Wayne Sparks, son of Arthur Q. and Joyce H. Sparks of Thomson, died Wednesday, March 10, 2009 at his home after many years of declining health.
He was born in Columbus, Ga., and lived many places during his Dad's time in the Army. The most interesting were the two tours to Germany and the one to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
Mr. Sparks grew up in Augusta, where he went to school and graduated from Richmond Academy, joined the Air Force, married and had a son, Joseph Wayne Sparks, who was always the love of his life, born in Okinawa. While there, Mr. Sparks earned his master divers certification and enjoyed many underwater excursions, collecting interesting shells and artifacts. His duty while in service was repairing navigational equipment in the aircrafts. He retired after 16 years.
His happiest memories growing up were his years in Boy Scouts where he earned many badges, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow.
Mr. Sparks loved all things in nature. He was at home and at peace in the out of doors camping and fishing.
Anytime he could get a few young boys together, he would share the principles of Scouting. This is the Benjamin we all remember and love and will miss.
Left to mourn him, other than his parents, are his wife, Nell, of Port Norris, N.J.; son, Joseph Wayne Sparks; brother, William Arthur sparks (wife - Barbara); and two sisters, Tamra Ruth Sparks (fiancÃ© - Ray Daigle) and Debra Joyce Huff (husband - Woods).
Mr. Sparks requested to be cremated. A family gathering is planned the end of May at the family home with a special tree planted in his memory and sharing of our thoughts as we remember him,