James Edward Sparks

October 10, 1930 - April 10, 2009 

James Edward Sparks

October 10, 1930 - April 10, 2009 

Obituary for James Edward Sparks

James E. Sparks – Strong to Glory
A man of humble beginnings, Jimmy decided early that his strength would be his best asset. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 15. With his best friend, Col. David Hackworth, he embarked on a soldier's journey that took him from caring for Gen. Eisenhower's horses to running the streets of Trieste, Italy, scaring the daylights out of Yugoslav Patrols. He drove tanks, worked in Intelligence and Reconnaissance in Italy, transported prisoners, and honorably ended his tour of duty to start a family. In the midst of growing up fast, he learned how to lead.
Life got even more interesting for Jimmy. He met and married Barbara White in 1953 after a whirlwind courtship. Soon after, he and Barbara accepted Christ as their Savior and began attending the Indianapolis Baptist Temple, lead by Brother Greg Dixon. For the next decade and as these bonds formed with God, Bro. Dixon and each other, Jimmy's family included six children. He found his physical strength as well as his newfound spiritual strength was never more necessary. Tested many times over the next 50 odd years, Jimmy humbled himself before God in prayer seeking His guidance.
Throughout his life, Jimmy held a host of jobs, many at the same time, in order to care for his family. These included carpenter, a Millwright, Chief of Security for a retail chain, and a few other odd jobs. He was not afraid of hard work, and yet he still took time to enjoy his life. It was his love of horses that took him to the Marion County Sheriff's Department Mounted Patrol. Many lessons were taught to his children simply by the way he cared for his horses. Jimmy's powerful stature sitting on a beautiful horse is an image many of us will never forget.
Jimmy loved God with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. He loved his wife, Barbara, beyond measure, and also treasured their six children: Pamela (husband Tim) Melloh, Jim (wife Linda) Sparks, Larry Sparks, Donna (husband Tom) Tobia, Tim (wife Carole) Sparks, and Rebecca Albright. He thought his children were his finest accomplishment. He is also survived by his grandchildren David Sparks, Katie Melloh, Allyson Melloh, Emily Sparks-Andersen, Benjamin Sparks, Abby Sparks, Kristen Sparks, and Ryan Albright; and many, many friends. He is strong once again, resting in the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. And we rest knowing that we will all "meet him in the morning."
By the Sparks Family

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