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Mary Alice Malone Sparkman

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Mary Alice Malone Sparkman

Plain Dealing, LA - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Alice Malone Sparkman, age 71, will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Chalybeate Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Sam Marino and Bro. Carl Harrell officiating. Interment will follow in Plain Dealing Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Plain Dealing, LA.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Plain Dealing, LA.

Mrs. Sparkman was born December 23, 1940 in Shreveport, LA to C.W. and Maxine Long Malone and passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in Plain Dealing, LA after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Chalybeate Springs Baptist Church and was a homemaker. When she wasn't raising her seven children and watching their families grow, she spent her time gardening, quilting, watching baseball, playing BINGO, splitting and selling firewood, learning about her family tree, and sharing it with others, telling stories of her childhood and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

She is survived by her husband, of 52 years, Nariel Maryland "N.M." Sparkman; sons, Sam Sparkman and wife, Melissa of Shreveport, LA, Ben Sparkman and girlfriend, Celeste Leal of Katy, TX; daughters, Diana Adams and husband, Tommy, Sue Foster and husband, Vince, Sarah Jo VanDevender and husband, Doug, all of Plain Dealing, LA, Julie Smith and husband, Rodney of Sarepta, LA; daughter-in-law, Earlene Sparkman of Plain Dealing, LA; grandchildren, John Adams, Billy Adams and wife, Carrie, Keri Sparkman Ashley and husband, Joey, Bridget Sparkman and fiance', Johnny Williams, Daniel Foster and wife, Lisa, Joe Foster and wife, Elizabeth, Wesley Sparkman and wife, Leighanne, Katy Sparkman Tipton and husband, Daniel, William Blake Smith, Erin Grace Smith and Audrey Maryland Smith; great grandchildren, Gabe and Anna Adams, Alaysha Sparkman, Jordan and Jayden Williams, Riley, Garrett, Emma and Reagan Foster, Brantley and Bryleigh Sparkman, Landyn and Annison Tipton; brothers, Steve Malone and wife, Carol, Dwight Malone and wife, Nona, Danny Malone and wife, Nelda, Hershel Malone and wife, Cynthia; brothers-in-law, Marshal Easley, Sam Mack Sparkman, Bobby A. Sparkman; sisters-in-law, Katherine Sparkman Edwards, Oma Jean Sparkman Cook and husband, Sonny; an uncle Geon Malone; aunts, Bertie Malone Parish, Cortez "Corkey" Long Patterson, Ann Long Rance and husband, Wesley, Mary Jackson Malone, Bobbye Smith Malone Lowe and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Sparkman was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joyce Easley; son, Bobby Dale Sparkman; granddaughter, Johanna Gail Adams and nephews, Steve Vernon "Stevie" Malone, Jr. and Russell Lot Malone.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

The family wishes to thank the staff and the many wonderful residents of the Whispering Pines Nursing Home and Agape Hospice for the excellent care they gave "Mrs. Mary". A special thank you goes out to Dr. Nicole McCommon, Dr. Michael Banda, her long time family physician, Dr. Sam Holladay and Sharon Sanders, RN and friend, for going the extra mile.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Chalybeate Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, St. Jude and/or Shriners Hospitals.

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Published in Shreveport Times on Feb. 24, 2012
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