Gerald Dean Sparks of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Waldron, Arkansas with loved ones by his side. Gerald was born June 17, 1938, in Waldron, Arkansas to Arvil Sparks and Opal (Cheek) Sparks. He was 81 years, 11 months and 28 days old.
Gerald was a member of Haw Creek Baptist Church in Waldron, Arkansas. He loved the Lord and was strong in his faith. Gerald was a retired farmer and also retired from Tyson Foods as a field tech. He enjoyed bluegrass music and followed his family around to festivals and shows where they were playing. Gerald loved his family. He looked forward to quality time making memories.
Gerald leaves behind to cherish his memory, Mary Sue Sparks of the home, his children: David Sparks and wife Tiffany of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Jeff Sparks and wife Danielle of Maumelle, Arkansas, Susan Henry and husband Alan of Raleigh, North Carolina, Deb Stowe and husband Jon of Plano, Texas and Nicole Harrison and husband Ray of Waldron, Arkansas. Gerald is also survived by two nephews, Roger Sparks and wife Tammie of Waldron, Arkansas and Russell Sparks and wife Dawnette of Lavaca, Arkansas. Pops will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gerald will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted including an extended family of friends, neighbors and loved ones.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Arvil and Opal Sparks, one brother, Glen Dale Sparks and his wife Carrie Sparks.
Gerald's life celebration will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. John Elmore officiating. Arrangements and cremation are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas.
Gerald's pallbearers will be Roger Sparks, Russell Sparks, Taylor Sparks, Bear Sparks, Tucker Sparks and Ray Harrison.
Gerald's visitation will be Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas.
During these trying and difficult times, we must follow the guidelines we have been given to do our part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. We must limit the number of people at public gatherings. Family and friends are welcome to attend the service but everyone must wear a mask and maintain a social distance of 6 feet apart. For those who want to attend the service but wish to remain in your vehicles, the funeral service will be live streamed on our website.