Danny Sparks, longtime resident of Tecumseh, passed away on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.
Danny Sparks was born in Chandler on Jan. 31, 1947, to Waymon Levi and Iona Faye Murray Sparks. He passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord Jesus on Friday afternoon at his home in Tecumseh, on Jan. 26, 2018.
Danny went to Chandler schools, both rural and in town. He ran track, did 4-H, sang in Glee Club, played the guitar, and learned to lay brick from his dad, “Sparky.” His passion was coon hunting for many years and he owned some prized Treeing Walker Coon Hounds. At an early age he became a bricklayer, carpenter, roofer and concrete man. Brick work was his art, as so many homes have the signature of his trowel and brick hammer. He later partnered with Billy Phillips, close friend, in doing construction in the Shawnee Tecumseh area.
Danny met and fell in love with a beautiful blonde girl named Kathy Potter and they were married June 3, 1977, which was 40 years last June. Theirs was a friendship, partnership and true love relationship of story book nature. They had one daughter, Camden Sparks, who was the answered prayer and love of their life. Danny’s family was dear and friends were many. The hundreds he had helped would form a phone book of names.
He was a Christian and longtime member of Blackburn Chapel Baptist Church. He was a Sunday school teacher, usher, building and grounds committee, repairman, prayer warrior and constant visitor of the sick.
Danny was preceded in death by his father and mother, brother-in-law Doug Potter, and many other family and close friends.
Those left to celebrate his life and grieve his passing are his wife Kathy and daughter Camden Sparks of the home. His brother Larry and wife Vickie of Bethel, sister Linda Willis of Tecumseh, sister Sherry Sparks of Tecumseh, sister Patty Moutaw and husband Don of Tecumseh, brother Brent Sparks and wife Gina of Tecumseh, wife’s parents L.M. and Joy Potter, and many nieces and nephews along with many friends, with some like family. He loved walking his dog,“ Little Red” who was his therapy.
Services will be memorial of life on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Blackburn Chapel Baptist Church.