Marvin Sparks

HOOKERTON - Mr. Marvin Sparks, 80, died Thursday evening January 30, 2014. Mr. Sparks was born April 11, 1933 in Hobart, Oklahoma, the son of Marvin A. and Juanita Sparks. Following a short tour of service in the US Army, Mr. Sparks joined Continental Airlines where he worked for 31 years, including service in Houston, Los Angeles, Albuquerque and several other cities. During his time with Continental he had the honor of being a member of the crew that flew to Vietnam during that conflict. After moving to North Carolina, Mr. Sparks reignited his love of aviation by joining US Airways Express in Greenville where he worked for several years. Mr. Sparks was a true patriot with a deep love for his country and family. He was very active in the Tea Party where he served as a speaker and writer. Additionally he served as a guest columnist for the Kinston Free Press and was a guest speaker on The Reece Gardner show that aired on TACC9 in Kinston. Mr. Sparks had attended the University of New Mexico when living in Albuquerque and Lenoir Community College once he moved to North Carolina. Graveside services will be held at noon on Monday, February 3, at the Rainbow Cemetery with Pastor Tim Chase officiating. Mr. Sparks is survived by his wife, Sara Phillips Sparks of the home; children, David Sparks and wife, Tracy of Hookerton, Alan R. Sparks and wife, Sally of Dana Point, California, Tony Sparks and wife, Kelly of Billings, Montana, and Wanda Sparks of Deep Run; and grandchildren, Jasmine, Sarah, Katy, Kristy, Donald and Jonathan. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service in Snow Hill and other times at the residence, 1826 Shady Grove Church Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hookerton UMC, PO Box 10, Hookerton, NC 28538. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylor-tyson.com. Sign the guestbook at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)

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Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service
117 Northwest 3rd Street Snow Hill, NC 28580
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Published in Free Press from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5, 2014