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Clovis Glyn Sparks Obituary
Clovis Glyn Sparks (BEN) August 14, 1926-May 25, 2013 There will be a viewing on Thursday May 29, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with A Celebration of Life service on Friday May 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. for Ben Sparks of Lamont, both at Grace Assembly of God Church 2800 Larson Lane. Ben went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 25th. Rev. Kenneth Price will officiate. Ben will be laid to rest beside his beloved Dorothy at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery following services. Ben entered this life on August 14, 1926, in Hanna, Oklahoma, the second-born son to Doyle and Mae Sparks. His brother Ewell, two years and two days older, could not pronounce the name Glyn and so Clovis Glyn was Ben to all who knew him. At the age of 19, he joined the United States Army, where he served two years during WWII. At 25, he married his lifelong friend and neighbor, Dorothy Layman, who was his reason for living. In 1955, their daughter Elaine was born, followed by their son Curtis in 1958. Weeks after Elaine's birth, the couple moved to Selma, California where Ben worked on the McKenzie Trucking in various positions for a time. He then worked for John Harness running an Enco Service Station for many years. The family moved to Lamont and purchased the Root Beer King drive-in in 1972. Community residents remember Ben as a familiar figure on the patio at the drive-in for the next 19 years. Ben and Dorothy loved gardening, and after retirement, they also enjoyed salmon fishing and playing Uno and dominoes with friends. He attended the Lamont Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed driving his Model A's in the annual Christmas parades in both Selma and Lamont, as well as the annual Dust Bowl Days celebration at Sunset Camp. Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; mother and father, Mae and Doyle; brother, Ewell; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Charles Rommel; and brother-in-law, Joe Lee. He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Dawson (and husband Dale); his son, Curtis (and wife, Judy); grandsons, Cory Dawson and Cameron Sparks; granddaughters, Katie and Jenny Sparks, and Sabrina Miller (and husband Mark); two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Samantha Miller; two brothers, Herschel (and Marjorie) and Bill (and Hilma) Sparks; sister, Carol Lee; and a host of nieces, nephews, and loved ones. Ben was a devoted husband, father, and friend and a very kind and gentle man who loved and enjoyed time spent with loved ones. He will be dearly missed and the world will be a sadder place without him. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 29, 2013
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