Paul Glen Sparkman

      Paul Glenn Sparkman of Hallie, Kentucky, passed
away on March 17, 2005 at his residence, surrounded by
the love of his family, friends and neighbors. Paul
was the son of the late Joe Sparkman and Grace Hawk
Mitchell. On August 17, 1955, he married Dewilla Watts Sparkman and they had 4 children,
Sherry Lynn (Arthur Whitt), Kyra Michelle (Charles “Feller” Frazier),
Glenna Deanna (Greg Pridemore), and Paul Gregory (Tina)
Sparkman. There are 8 grandchildren, Jason and Mary Campbell;
Molly and Rachel Frazier; Allison and Justin Pridemore; and Chandler
and Corey Sparkman. There is one step grandchild, Ameisha
Whitt, as well. There are 3 great grandchildren, Asheton, Willa and
Peyton, as well as 2 step grandchildren, Caleb and Canein.
Paul was a man that believed in hard work and was always willing
to assist his family, friends and neighbors. He worked his entire
career around the coal mines and truly believed in being a loyal, hard
working employee. Following his retirement, he really enjoyed gardening
and raising corn and tomatoes, as well as, he and Greg raising
hogs in the fall. Paul took pride in his garden and would spend hours
and hours every day in his garden, as long as he was physically able.
     On March 29, 1998, Paul was baptized and became a member of
Cedar Grove Old Regular Baptist Church and fully began to experience
joy in his life. He would often say that the years after he became
a Christian were the happiest years of his life.
     He would attend church every Saturday and Sunday as long as he
was able, and he thoroughly enjoyed the friendships and support that
he obtained through the church. Paul was very active in the church
until his illness weakened him beyond attending church, and then he
would listen to tapes of sermons of Old Regular Baptist Churches
that were brought to him by some of the elders. Paul fought a long
and hard battle with cancer, but he never let his illness dampen his
spirit and his faith. Although the cancer eventually defeated Paul, he
will always be remembered for his courageous fight and strength
during his battle with this disease.
     Besides his wife, children and grandchildren, Paul is survived by
2 sisters, Lenna and Marge, and 1 brother, Leonard. He was preceded
in death by 1 brother, Eddie; one brother, Wayman, died 2
months following Paul’s death.
     Although Paul is greatly missed by his family and friends, there
is comfort to know that he is singing Heavenly hymns and worshipping
our Lord in Heaven. He is at peace, and forever living in our
hearts and memories.

     Written by the family of Paul Sparkman,
     Dewilla, Sherry, Michelle, Glenna and Greg.

He gave his life to Jesus
And after that, he was never the same
He’d go to church on Sunday
Where he’d sing and praise God’s Holy name
He spent later years making up for lost time
Doing good deeds galore
And when his body wore out
Angels came and carried his soul to Heaven
To live forever more.

Written by Kristi Dixon
in memory of Paul Sparkman