Tommye Mae Sparks, 1927-2016

Tommye Sparks

Tommye Sparks

Tommye Mae Sparks, 89, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Rogers, Arkansas. Tommye Mae was born April 8, 1927 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Russell Everett and Tommye Gartrell Owen.

A devoted Christian and a longtime member of First United Methodist Church Marked Tree, as well as First United Methodist Church Bentonville, she was a member of the Methodist Guild, Progressive Club and Handbell Choir, as well as a Girl Scout leader. She worked alongside her husband, the Rev. Joe Sparks, a retired associate member of the Arkansas Conference, in his many endeavors. She was a loving homemaker, as well as a caregiver to many, an expert seamstress, a wonderful hostess and enjoyed water-skiing, square-dancing and playing bridge. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great-granddaughters and many friends.

Tommye Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles Russell; and her sister-in-law, Charlotte Owen. Tommye Mae is survived by her husband, Joe Sparks; her children: Linda Payne and her husband, Alan, of Lowell, Arkansas; Russell Sparks and his wife, Karen, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; and Tommye Baldwin and her husband, Jay, of Madison, Wisconsin; five grandchildren: Jennifer Duesterbeck, Sidney King, Rebecca Baldwin, Rachel Baldwin and Nathan Baldwin; and her great-granddaughters, Kayla Duesterbeck, Harper King and Riley King.

A service was held Saturday, May 28, at First UMC Marked Tree, with the Revs. Dany Partlow and Rex Dickey officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First UMC Marked Tree, P.O. Box 357, Marked Tree, AR 72365-0357.