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Travis E. Sparks

November 25, 1921 July 15, 2018
Travis E. Sparks
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Obituary for Travis E. Sparks

Travis E. Sparks, age 96, of McKee passed away on July 15, 2018, at Lexington, KY. He was the son and the last survivor, of seven children of the late Levi Sparks and Lula Gabbard Sparks. He was preceded in death by his three sisters, Grace, Beulah and Helen and his three brothers, Bertel, Ray and Hermon. He was a grandson of Civil War Veteran Isaac Sparks, who was a charter member and one of the founders of Birch Lick Baptist Church in 1874.
Travis was a graduate of the McKee High School class of 1940. Through his high school years and for some time afterwards, he was employed as a clerk for the L.H. Sparks and Company General Merchandise Store in McKee, KY.
After departing McKee, Travis went to Ohio where he married his high school sweetheart Nannie Martin, of Three Links, KY in 1942. To this union were born two sons who survive: Reverend Marvin Sparks and his wife Diana; Phillip Sparks, and his wife Susan; also three granddaughters, one great grandson and two great granddaughters.
While living in Ohio, Travis served various assignments in Baptist Churches, including Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Sunday School Teacher, member of the Pulpit Committee, and Home Mission Board. He was active in organizing several new churches in the Greater Dayton Area which continue in ministry today.
After forty two years of employment with General Motors Corporation, Travis and Nannie moved back to McKee, where she passed three years later after forty-eight years of marriage.
Being left alone, Travis built and established a replica “Village of the 1920’s and 1930’s” know as Oakwood Acres. Travis enjoyed meeting people from all parts of the United States who came to see and admire his handiwork while hearing his stories of life in the hills of Kentucky. Many people were amazed that he built his village without any help. It was his labor of love.
Travis passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He rests from his labors and is at peace with those who have gone before us.
Funeral service 1:00 PM Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home in McKee, KY with Rev. Sarah Sparks-Franklin, Rev. Calvin Hays and Rev. Shane Gabbard officiating. Burial to follow in the Berea Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark, Gregory & C.J. Romer, Mike & Bob Sparks and Jono Sparks-Franklin. Lakes Funeral Home in McKee was in charge of arrangements. www.lakesfuneralhomemckee.com


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Visitation

Thursday

19

Jul

11:00 AM 7/19/2018 11:00:00 AM
Lakes Funeral Home

1181 Main Street S
McKee, KY 40447

Lakes Funeral Home
1181 Main Street S McKee 40447 KY
United States

funeral

Thursday

19

Jul

1:00 PM 7/19/2018 1:00:00 PM
Lakes Funeral Home

1181 Main Street S
McKee, KY 40447

Lakes Funeral Home
1181 Main Street S McKee 40447 KY
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Berea Cemetery Final Resting Place

General Delivery
Berea, Kentucky 40402

General Delivery Berea 40402 Kentucky
United States
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