John and Carol Sparks
1948 - 2020
Sparks, John and Carol

Carol Ann Willard Sparks (b. August 16, 1948) passed away November 7, 2020. John Edwin Sparks (b. December 26, 1949) followed her three days later to reunite forever.

Married May 7, 1972, these two were known for many things in the community, chiefly their love for one another. Their love and faith bore fruit in the generosity and service they gave their family, neighbors, church and community.

She had an eye for decoration and ran a clean, tidy ship. He worked with his hands and loved to be outside. Together they feathered a lovely nest near Farmington for 48 years.

Both were strong, vibrant people until their final week on earth. They were of clear mind, stayed busy with their various interests, and were very happy with their life. Pestilence was no deterrent to afternoon trips to the mountains they loved or service at their church. Her illness and passing was a critical blow to him and his health, and he followed her with determination and desire for a lasting peace and communion with her.

Surviving them are a son: Jonathan Daniel Sparks (wife Amanda Ledford Sparks) and his children, Harris, Lily, Wren and Sullivan. They also leave behind a daughter: Kimberly Sparks Cook (husband Michael Cook) and her children, Conner, Henry and Rachel. Also surviving are John's mother Madeleine, sister Helen Myers (husband Bobby), brother Dwight (wife Elizabeth), sister Nancy Miller (husband Michael), sister Teresa Phifer (husband John) and sister Alethea Segal. Carol is survived by her brother Brian (wife Jane), sister Kay Reece, and her brother-in-law William Davis (husband of the late Delia Davis). Numerous nephews and nieces on both sides remain, as well.

They are also survived by a wonderful and supportive church congregation at Macedonia Moravian Church, where they were members for over 40 years.

Due to the pandemic, no public memorial services will be held. Memorial donations can be made to Macedonia Moravian Church, Haw River Christian Academy, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or Wounded Warrior Project. Contact Jonathan Sparks at (336)409-0807 for details on how to support these organizations that John and Carol loved.
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Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Nov. 15, 2020.
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11 Entries
I am so sorry to hear of his and his wife's passing. I remember John from my Salemtowne days. He was such a joy and full of life. My condolences to all the family.
Laura Boggs
November 19, 2020
What a great couple that will be missed so much
Shirley Smith
November 19, 2020
So sorry for all the family! Love to all and Prayers!! God has special plans for this Beautiful Sweet loving couple to be together!!
Darlene Cope Phibbs
November 17, 2020
My fondest memories of John was during our Men´s Fellowship breakfasts at Macedonia Moravian, always had the best attitude, sense of humor, and the smile that rarely left his face. A friend that was there for me whenever I needed, John, you and Carol will remain in our hearts forever.
Don Vernon
November 16, 2020
Dwighy and family, I was very sorrry to hear of the passing of your love ones. Please know that I will be praying for the entire family and specially for your mother. I love you and the family and always will please rest on Psalms 91, I call that my psalm.
Sue Brewer Couch
November 16, 2020
There is profound sadness in my heart with the loss of Carol and John. You just don't meet people as lovely and caring as they were and I like to see myself as a better person for having known them. As in life, they are now close together again and we must all take comfort in that. But in blessed memories, they live on with us too. You will be forever missed, Carol and John, but just as eternally, you are etched deep in our hearts. God bless you both!
Evan T Ezell
November 16, 2020
John and I became supervisors at RJR about the same time . I valued his friendship and leadership style. I knew John to be a fair and a strong Christian leader. We crossed paths many times during our careers and you could count on a smile and warm welcome each time we met. I did not know Carol except for his thoughtful comments he made about his loving wife. I am sorry you lost both of these fine people in such a short period.
Gene Self
November 15, 2020
John was my supervisor at RJR, He was a good friend also. My prayers go out to the family. R.I.P.
Ruby King.
November 15, 2020
I worked with John on 3rd shift at RJR. He was a wonderful guy, very kind, level headed. He was well lived by everyone. I´m so sorry for your losses. My prayers are with your family.
Kaye Hauser
November 15, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Sparks family. We so enjoyed our time with John and Carol at Macedonia. You are missed. You are loved and forever in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe and Sandy Caudle
November 15, 2020
Worked around John for years always thought a lot of him, sorry for your loss.
Richard Roberts
November 15, 2020