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Retired Master Sgt. Arthur Q. Sparks

THOMSON — Retired Master Sgt. Arthur Q. Sparks, 83, husband of Mrs. Joyce H. Sparks, entered into rest Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the Thomson First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Barnes IV officiating. Interment followed in South Harlem Memorial Gardens with military honors accorded.

Mr. Sparks was a native of LaGrange, Ga., and was a retired U.S. Army master sergeant, having served in World War II and Vietnam. He was a member of the Thomson Rotary Club and was a professional scouting executive for the Ogeechee District. He was a member of the Thomson First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hamer Sparks; one son William A. (Barbara) Sparks, Maryland; one daughter Debra (Woods) Sparks Huff, Washington; grandchildren, Jason Hooton, Miranda Hooton Cushman, Philip Sparks, Christina Rickerson and Joseph Sparks; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two children, Benjamin W. Sparks and Tamra Ruth Sparks Daigle.

Pallbearers were members of the military. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Thomson Rotary Club.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Thomson First United Methodist Church, 353 Main St., Thomson, GA 30824.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Web posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011

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