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Dorothy Beatrice “Bea” Ford Sparks, 89, of 162 Bart Green Drive, Johnson City, a former life long resident of Erwin, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at the Johnson City Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
She had been a resident of the Center on Aging and Health in Erwin for the past five years. Mrs. Sparks was born November 30, 1921 in Erwin. She was the daughter of the late James Hiram “J.H.” Ford Sr. and Ethel Mae Booth Ford.
Mrs. Sparks was a well known seamstress in Erwin for many years, retiring in 2002, and was also a homemaker. She dedicated her life to her family.
Mrs. Sparks was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church, however, after moving to Johnson City, she attended Boone Trail Baptist Church and the First Church of the Brethren.
Other than parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd D. Sparks, who passed away in 1960; two sisters, Thelma Inez Ford, and Louise Ford Bryant; two brothers, J.H. Ford Jr., and Edward Ford.
Survivors include her son: Dave Sparks; her daughter: Sue Sparks Wilson; grandson: Thomas David Wilson, all of Johnson City; one sister: Darlene Ford Masters, of Erwin; one special sister-in-law: Evelyn Ford, of Erwin; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 21, in Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Herman Clark officiating. Active pallbearers were Junior Wright, J.J. Wright, Ethan Bailey, Doug Clark, and Joe Sparks.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Northeast Tennessee Chapter, 207 North Boone St., Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel was in charge.