Raymond "Ray, Piete" Sparkman was born May 29, 1956 to the late Claudia Mae Sparkman. He passed Tuesday January 5, 2021 at Methodist Hospital Northlake. Raymond was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Lew Wallace High School Class of "1976" Raymond retired from the Gary Community School Corporation and worked at the Majestic Star Casino. Preceded in death by mother Claudia Sparkman, Beverly Williams, Ronald Sparkman and Gregory Williams, Sr., grandparents Early & Adelle Williams and uncles Roxy, Andrew, Earl and Clarence. Raymond leaves to mourn his passing Sister Sheila Sparkman of Gary, IN; Brother Leonard (Sharon) Sparkman Jr. of Kansas City, KS; fiancée Essie Wheeler; sisters-in-law Theresa Williams and Glenease Sparkman; aunts Mother Alice A. Pratt, Adelle Randolph, Barbara Jean Williams; uncle Eugene Williams; best friend Gary Polk and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation Friday January 15, 2021 from 9-1:00p.m. Family hour 12– 1:00p.m. with funeral services to follow at 1:00p.m. All services at Trinity Baptist Church. 1831 Virginia Street.
Published by Post-Tribune on Jan. 13, 2021.