Madeleine Smoot Sparks
1925 - 2020
Sparks, Madeleine Smoot

July 30, 1925 - November 17, 2020

FARMINGTON – Mrs. Madeleine Smoot Sparks, 95, of Farmington, died Nov. 17, 2020, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, NC, a casualty of COVID-19.

The youngest child of Mattie Eaton and Robert Lee Smoot, she was born July 30, 1925 in Davie County on the family tobacco farm. As a first grader, she walked two miles to the bus stop. On rainy days, she rode astride the family mule led by her father. She was a bright little girl who graduated at the top of her class at Farmington High and attended Appalachian State Teachers College. She taught at the old Mocksville and Farmington high schools and taught chemistry at Davie High for 27 years.

She married Farmington classmate John F. Sparks in 1947, becoming a dairy farmer's wife and rearing six children. Her husband died in 2002. They were married 55 years. She was a member of Macedonia Moravian Church.

Also preceding her in death, son John Edwin Sparks; brothers, McKinley, Cedric, Lester and Johnnie; sons-in-law Robert "Bob" Segal and Freddy A. Young and daughters-in-law Mary B. Sparks and Carol W. Sparks. Survivors include children, Helen S. Myers (Bobby); Nancy S. Miller (Michael); Dwight A. Sparks (Elizabeth); Teresa S. Phifer (John); and Alethea S. Segal; 15 grandchildren and six step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and 16 step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Hazel Smoot and Betty Sparks Todd.

Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, with burial at the Macedonia Moravian Church's God's Acre.

Due to the pandemic, there will not be a formal visitation. Friends may pay their respects to Mrs. Sparks by signing the register at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials suggested to Farmington Vol. Fire Dept., 1880 Farmington Road, Mocksville, NC 27028.

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Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Nov. 19, 2020.
Graveside service
Macedonia Moravian Church's God's Acre
Funeral services provided by:
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so sorry for the family's loss We had not met her but had heard many wonderful things about her. We send love and prayers to the family.
rick and Nancy evans
November 25, 2020
Mrs . Sparks was an inspiration. She was a great teacher. Never forgot a face. Prayers for all the family.
Gena Long
November 25, 2020
Many fond memories of Johnny and Madeline. Peace be with them, and the family.
Sue Almeter
November 23, 2020
Keeping your family close to my heart. Mrs. Sparks was our Chemistry teacher at DHS and a well respected member of our community. May her sweet memories and peace surround your family.
Constance Harding
November 23, 2020
As sweet and unassuming a gentle lady as I have ever met, I will miss her hugs at Macedonia Moravian Church. My deep-felt condolences and prayers to Helen, Nancy, and Dwight.
Tom Ezell
November 21, 2020
God hug you all tight. Love you.
Danny Smith
November 21, 2020
Madeline Sparks was the Matriarch of Macedonia Moravian . If you were a visitor she would get to you and welcome you. A true southern lady !
Anne and Jim Luper
November 21, 2020
What a loss for your family as well as all of us who loved her very much. She was such a classy and special lady. We will miss her, but what a wonderful memory of her being in our lives.
Becky Graham
November 20, 2020
Helen...I am so sorry for your loss in your family in these recent days. I believe your mother would have been one I would´ve liked to have worked with. Please take care and hold on to all the good memories.
Alyce Bagshaw
November 20, 2020
Mrs. Sparks was a wonderful chemistry teacher. Science was one of my tougher subjects and she taught me to never give up! That lesson has stuck with me throughout my life. I am sorry your family has lost 3 family members so close together. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you...
Lynne Hauser
November 20, 2020
Aletha, we are so sorry to hear you have lost your mother, as well as your brother and sister-in-law. Our thoughts and prayers for comfort during this difficult time. We lost touch with Richard but please convey to him our sympathies.
Anne and Ron Bell
November 20, 2020
Mrs. Sparks taught me Chemistry at DCHS. She was a great teacher. We also purchased calves from the Sparks Farm to raise in our herd. Good quality people all around.
Dr. Larry Cartner (1976)
November 20, 2020
Dear Helen, So sorry to hear of your loss! My daughter had your mother for chemistry at Davie High.
Marcie Trenchard
November 20, 2020
So sorry she is no longer with us, but a wonderful lady. I still remember her singing "Star of The East" in the Christmas programs at church. The children loved her as a teacher. A life well lived. Good by miss Madeleine.
Phyllis Allgood
November 20, 2020
Mrs. Sparks was a great teacher and a wonderful mentor to many educators. I respected her for always being a Christian and professional role model. She raised her children to respect themselves and others and she was very proud of each child.
Dub Potts
November 19, 2020
My condolence goes to the Sparks family. I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Sparks throughout her career at Davie High. She was a kind, caring and gracious individual. I will always remember her beautiful smile.
Steve Havnaer
November 19, 2020
To the Sparks/ Smoot families. My sincere deepest condolences on your families losses. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers! Love Pam
Pamela Faircloth
November 19, 2020
Madeleine became a dear friend when we worked at Davie High. She exemplified everything a top teacher should be. She radiated joy and was a tremendous encourager. Each day she would write a sentence at the top of the board that gave a positive way in which to act. I checked it daily to remind me of how to respond to others. How blessed to have such a Mother, grandmother and great grandmother. My prayers for each of you, and my deepest sympathy.
Shirley Cottle
November 19, 2020
One of the most gracious ladies I have ever known. Sincere condolences.
James Hoots
November 19, 2020
Heaven has received another wounderful person and a great teacher. Prayers for the entire family.
Sue Brewer Couch
November 19, 2020