Vernon Cleo Sparks, age 87, of Thorn Trace Drive, Mt. Sterling, formerly of Shelby, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at Windsor Care in Mt. Sterling.
He was born Oct. 22, 1929, at Haldeman in Rowan County, a son of the late Charlie Miller Sparks and Anna Mabry Sparks. Besides his parents, Vernon was preceded in death by his twelve brothers and sisters: Vesta White, Virgil Sparks, Monnie Puckett, Arthur D. Sparks, Bert Sparks, Harvey Sparks, Martha Susan Blevins, Edgar Sparks, Cora Ellen Sparks, Berl Sparks, Eula Mae Foster, and Myrtle Sparks.
On Feb. 14, 1953, Vernon married the love of his life, Ethel Loraine Link Sparks, who passed away March 27, 2010.
He is survived by 14 nieces and nephews; extended family; and friends.
Vernon retired from Empire Detroit Steel in Mansfield, Ohio, after working 40 years as an overhead crane operator. He enjoyed fishing, turkey shooting, and playing cards and baseball.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Oakland Cemetery, Shelby, Ohio, with the Rev. Bruce Copley officiating.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead.
View or sign guestbook at www.northcuttandson.com
Published on November 22, 2016