James Richard “Ricky” Sparks Jr.

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TUSCALOOSA - James Richard ""Ricky"" Sparks Jr., age 56, passed away September 11, 2018, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be held Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation held two hours prior to the service at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Tim Lovett and Stephen Hooks officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel directing.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Pauline Sparks and Ernest and Irene Price; and his father, James Richard Sparks, Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Lou Sparks of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; his daughters, Mary Emily Hooks (Hunter) and LeeAnna Sparks of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; his son, Davis Sparks of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; his brothers, Chris Sparks (Kris) and Jason Sparks (Angie) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; his mother, Shirley Sparks; and his granddaughter, Anna Logan Hooks of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Ricky was a graduate of Holt High School and The University of Alabama. He was a certified public accountant who owned and operated a business in Tuscaloosa for almost 20 years.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for the past 26 years and has taught youth Sunday school for several years. He loved coaching kids in softball, baseball and basketball. He loved his job and teaching kids and touched many lives this way. He was an avid runner who completed ten marathons, as well as numerous half-marathons and 5k's.
He loved Alabama football, so much so that in 1986 he and Lou came home from their honeymoon early so they could go to the Alabama-Auburn game. Most of all, Ricky loved his family. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. The past few months his greatest joy has been being ""Batman"" to Anna Logan. He loved nothing more than watching his children play ball, dance or participate in any activity they enjoyed. He was known to frequently cry tears of joy and pride as he watched them. Ricky never missed an opportunity to tell his family how much he loved them. He wouldn't end a phone call or go to bed without saying ""I love you"".
Ricky was able to find happiness and joy in everything he did. He loved people and was well loved in return.
Pallbearers will be Chris Sparks, Chris Driver, Thomas Kamplain, Hunter Kamplain, Grant Huddleston, Joe Chastine, Rex O'Quinn, Scott Ryan, Keith Crocker and Jeff Sparks.
Honorary pallbearers are employees and clients of Sparks and Company, Tuscaloosa Track Club, current and past Sunday school students and members of Calvary Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Joy Like Anna Foundation c/o Sparks and Company P. O. Box 21191 Tuscaloosa, AL 35402.



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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Sept. 13, 2018