Del L. Fisher-Sparkman

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Del Loresa Fisher-Sparkman was born on Dec. 26, 1957, to the late Lila Arthea and Walter Surles Fisher in Roseboro, N.C. Del was the youngest of four children. She was educated in the Sampson County Public Schools and graduated Cum Laude from Livingstone College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in 1980 and she was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

She married Leonard Sparkman in June 1980 and to that union was born two children, Shara Lenarda and Jalessa Walte' Sparkman.

For several years she was a substitute teacher in the Prince George and Sussex County school systems. Del worked for Chesterfield County Youth Group Home for several years. She worked for many years at Crater Youth Care Commission as an intake release officer. Del's compassion, love and understanding of people showed throughout her community nurturing teenagers not only with food and shelter but with understanding their roles as young adults. Georgette, Demicus and Rodney will always have fond memories of Del. She became a member of Mount Hope Baptist Church of Prince George and was a member of the choir. After moving to Hopewell she became a member of Third Baptist Church in St. Petersburg.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory: two daughters, Shara Lenarda and Jalessa Walte' Sparkman; three grandchildren, KeShon Delvonte', Aniya Keyasia and Riyanna LaShelle; sisters, Frances Burney-Matthews, Ellen Blanton (Alvin-deceased) and Lila Faye Williams (Willie); two aunts, Levie Moselle Howard and Christine Fisher; and a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; friends; and her beloved mother-in-law, Catherine Sparkman.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the Chapel of the Turner-Bland Funeral Home, Hopewell, with the Rev. Robert Barnes, associate minister of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, eulogizing. The interment will be in the Mount Sinai Community Cemetery, Prince George.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Turner-Bland Funeral Home, Hopewell. For more information or to leave a condolence, please visit our website at
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Published in The Progress-Index on Aug. 3, 2014
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