William (Bill) Howard Sparks

April 7, 1928 - March 12, 2017


William (Bill) Howard Sparks went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 12, 2017, at the age of 88.

He was born April 7, 1928, in Waldron, Arkansas to James Thomas and Emma Ella ((Carlton) Sparks. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Hydro, Oklahoma, where Bill graduated from high school in 1948 after spending two years in California trying to strike it rich.

He married Edna L. (Hancock) on November 6, 1948. They had two daughters, Pamela Ann and Patricia Ann. He came to know Jesus as his personal Savior in April 1954.He served just under four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict where he was an aircraft mechanic for the B-29 bombers and the C-118 cargo plane. Bill was an entrepreneur. In his lifetime, he owned a diner, two car dealerships, a body shop, a wrecker service, and lastly, a general store. He was a member of the American Legion and served as a national officer in the 1960s. He was an active member of the Hinton Chamber of Commerce, having served as president three separate terms.

Bill enjoyed people the most. He was a trader. He loved antiques, especially old tools. He enjoyed politics.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Archie Ray, Euell Raymond, Floyd B, sisters Beulah Lee Heidebrecht, Mabel Lorene Vinther, Betty Louise, and nephew Larry J Heidebrecht.

He is survived by wife, Edna, of the home, daughters, Pam Robinson of Shawnee and Tricia Sparks of Hinton, grandson, Dawson Weathers and wife Whitney of Hinton, Sheradyn Weathers of Hinton, and great granddaughter, Neelie Weathers of Hinton.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be Wednesday, March 15, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Hinton, Oklahoma with Bro. Keith Gillham officiating. Graveside services will be immediately following the service at Hinton Cemetery where there will be a full military service by the United States Air Force and the Gilbert-Fossett American Legion Post #230. Viewing will be all day Monday and all day Tuesday. The family will be at Hinton Turner Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. to receive friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at Weatherwood Assisted Living Center for their care of Bill and Russell Murray Hospice for their care in his final hours. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, Hinton First Baptist Church, or Russell Murray Hospice.

Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at turnerfuneralhomes@gmail.com, turnerfh.net, or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).