Funeral services for Robert Glenn “Sparky” Sparkman, age 91, of Brownwood, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2009, in the First Baptist Church of May with David Pate and Dennis Hester officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Wolf Valley Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home of Brownwood.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 until 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Mr. Sparkman died Friday, April 24, 2009, in Brownwood.
He was born on May 21, 1917, in Minden, Texas, to Walter G. and Ola Guthrie Sparkman. Sparky attended Desdemona schools and graduated from Freer High School in 1937. He graduated from Howard Payne College in 1941 and Baylor University with his Masters in 1952. Sparky was married to Joe Mae Lester on April 17, 1942, in Las Vegas. She died in 1999. He later married Edna Allgood Word on June 12, 2003, in May.
Sparky served his country as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He taught school for several years in Sidney, Boerne and Freer before being called back into active duty with the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
He served at many installations around the country as an instructor. He had accumulated many flight hours in C-45s, B-17s, and B-29s. Sparky retired from the Air Force in 1969 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He went back to teaching and also worked for the Texas Employment Commission.
Sparky was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of May where he served as a deacon and song leader.
He owned a ranch northeast of May and also owned Sparkman Oil Company.
Sparky is survived by his wife, Edna of Brownwood; two daughters, Pamela Mansfield and husband Tom of Batavia, Ill., and Candy Mitchell and husband David of Whitt; and a son, Phillip Sparkman and wife Sue of Houston; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two step-daughters, Ila Swinney and husband Eugene of Lake Brownwood and Dottie Layman of Brownwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and six brothers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of May, 18955 Cunningham, May, TX 76857.
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