Walter L. Sparks, Sr., 81, of Lambrook, departed this life on July 26, 2017, in Bartlett, Tennessee.

Walter L. Sparks, Sr., 81, of Lambrook, departed this life on July 26, 2017, in Bartlett, Tennessee.

He was born on Nov. 9, 1935 to Willie and Malissa (Dorsey) Sparks, one of 15 children.

Walter accepted Christ at an early age at St. Matthew M.B. Church in Millington, Tennessee. In 1955, he married Earline McCraney. Their union was blessed with 16 children. He was a member of Gumwood M.B. Church in Ratio and a member of the Ratio Male Chorus. He was known for his dynamic singing and spread the gospel of song throughout the Ratio, Elaine, and Lambrook areas. 

WalterSr., employed by the Brooks Griffin Farms. His knowledge and skill set led him to become a successful business owner. 

In 1986, he married Carolyn Williams and this union was blessed with 7 children. They raised two additional children. He became a member of the Brook Chapel M.B. Church, where he remained faithful until his passing. 

On Nov. 6, 2011, he was honored by his children as, the "greatest father of all time.” 

He leaves to remember his passing, his wife, Carolyn Williams-Sparks; 13 daughters, Martha (James) Williams of Little Rock, Brenda (Derome, Sr.) Bobo, Jessie (Elvin) Howard of Memphis, Tennessee; Linda M. Sparks of Little Rock, Bobby (Charles) Williams, Ethel M. Sparks of Memphis, Earline Sparks of Helena, Sherry (Leo) Glass of Elaine, Cynthia Sparks-Gamble of Helena, Qwanta R. Sparks of Conway, Ashley (Jammel) Walker of Panama City, Florida, Stephanie Glenn of Jonesboro, Pamela Stubblefield of Chula Vista, California and a daughter who he raised as his own, Latoya Abbott Young of Jonesboro; 9 sons, Roosevelt (Celicia) Whitfield of Fort Worth, Texas, Walter L. Sparks, Jr., Ray (Diana) Sparks, Clarence S. Sparks, Danny L. (Jennifer) Sparks of Memphis, Gary C. (Kimberly) Sparks, Sr. of Helena-West Helena, Dr. Kendrick L. (Avis) Sparks of Gulfport, Mississippi, Derek Sparks, Walter L. (Osha) Sparks, V of Little Rock; and a son who he raised as his own, Johnny Lomack, Jr. of Fayetteville; 82 grandchildren; 114 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; a sister: Mildred Catching of Houston, Texas; a brother, Homer Sparks of Memphis; and a host of beloved relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 pm at Kincaid's East Chapel at 1160 Springdale Rd., Helena. The funeral will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5,  at New Haven M.B. Church, 404 West St., Helena-West Helena. 

Rev. Artis James will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in Millington, Tennessee.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kincaid Funeral Services. Online