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John Miller Sparks Jr

LAWNDALE — Mr. John Miller Sparks Jr., 80, of 3323 Shelby Road, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.

Born Aug. 7, 1923, in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late John Miller Sparks Sr. and Vangie Wellmon Sparks. He was a farmer, retired from Continental Trailways as a ticket agent and was currently involved in Real Estate. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Josh and Wade Sparks; and a granddaughter, Sara Katherine Sparks.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Myrtle Grigg Sparks of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, John Alan and Kathe Sparks of Lawndale; a daughter and son-in-law, Myra Ann and Tony Lindsay of Hickory; a sister, Mozelle McSwain of Lawndale; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Sparks of Lawndale.

The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Zion Baptist Church, with Dr. Randy Bridges and the Rev. Russell Fitts officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service.

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends tonight at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home from 6 to 8 and at other times at the home of John and Kathe Sparks, 818 Arbor Drive, Lawndale.

Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church Building Fund, 525 W. Zion Church Road, Shelby, NC 28150.