JOSHUA — B.J. “Jack” Sparks, 78, of Joshua, a retired general electrician and railroad electrician, died Friday, July 25, 2008, in Fort Worth.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 28, 2008, in Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Union Hill Cemetery in Joshua.

Billy Jack Sparks was born Sept. 1, 1929, in McLean to John Pruitt and Wilma Elizabeth Love Sparks. He married Janie Miller on Aug. 21, 1948, in Cleburne. He enjoyed fishing, camping and the outdoors. He was a former two-term mayor of Joshua, coached Little League baseball, and was a 50-year Mason. He loved his family and friends dearly, the coffee shop, visiting with neighbors and friends, and was loved by all. He was a member of Union Hill United Presbyterian Church in Joshua.

Mr. Sparks was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James Dale and Charlie Frank Sparks.

Survivors include wife of 59 years, Janie Sparks of Joshua; sons, Levi Jackson Sparks and wife, Linda of Mesquite, Dennis Lee Sparks and wife, Brenda of Rainbow; daughter, Marilyn Beth Sparks of Joshua; sister, Bonnie Whitworth of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Randall McGuire, Sherry Carpenter, Kristina Sparks, Renee’ Burden, Billy Raymond Sparks, Amy Lynn Ice; 12 great-grandchildren.

Published July 31, 2008

Glen Rose Reporter