Ricky Lee Sparks, 58, of Erwin, TN, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at his home. A lifelong native of Erwin, he is the son of the late JC and Elizabeth (Higgins) Sparks. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by: grandfathers, Fred Higgins, Tom Sparks, and R.C. Griffith; grandmothers, Earlene Keever and Nancy Sparks Griffith; brothers, Jeff Sparks and Bobby Tipton; and sister, Tammy Sparks.
Ricky was of the Freewill Baptist faith and worked most of his life as a mechanic and handyman and was considered a “Jack of all trades.” He enjoyed gardening, cars, and the outdoors, and was a loyal friend to many. Ricky was a one-of-a-kind man with a big heart and helped anyone in need.
Those left to cherish his memory include: sisters, Debbie Sparks, Ezett Sparks Barnette, and her husband Jonathan Barnette, half-sister, Dreama Tipton Persinger, and her husband, Phil Persinger; brothers, Ronnie Joe Sparks, and half-brother, Freddie Tipton and wife; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; his beloved dog, Belle Belle and cockatoo, Bee Bop; and long-time friend and neighbor, Eldora McNabb.
The family would like to thank all of Ricky’s close friends for the friendship you shared with him. In lieu of flowers, simply help a child, elderly, or stranger in need and think of Ricky Sparks. The family will be having a private Celebration of Life service at Ricky’s request.
“If you could only see me now, you wouldn’t shed a tear, though you may not understand why I’m no longer there. Please don’t be unhappy just because I’m out of sight, remember I’m with you in spirit morning, noon, and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and He said “I welcome you.” I have beheld our Father’s face and touched my Savior’s hand, all of Heaven’s angels rejoiced as I entered the Promise Land. Beyond the gates of pearl, I’ve walked the golden streets, I’ve touched the walls of jasper and saw the crystal sea. The beauty no words can describe and nothing could compare, I’ve even seen your mansion and someday I’ll meet you there. So when it’s time for you to go from that body to be free, remember you’re not going… you’re coming here to be with my Savior and me.”
Mountain Empire Cremation & Burial Services, 125 E. Jackson Blvd, #3, Jonesborough, TN 37659, (423) 547-0379, www.mtnempirecbs.com, is serving the family.