The  Shelbyville  News
About 1982
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SPARKS
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          Services for Mrs. Nellie May Sparks, 62, Hilltop Village, who died Friday afternoon at W.S. Major Hospital shortly after admission, will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Murphy Mortuary.  The Rev. Don Rissler will officiate.  Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery.
          Friends may call after 5 p.m. today.  A daughter of  Edward and Lettie (Baker) Basset, Mrs. Sparks was born May 14, 1920, in Shelby County. She was married in 1945 in Batesville to  Jesse L. Sparks, who preceded her in death Oct. 29, 1981.
          Surviving is a son, Jimmie Sparks, Lisbon Falls, Main; two grandchildren; sisters,  Mrs. Walter (Ruby) Tucker, Belleflower, Calif,;  Mrs. Joseph (Ruth) LanwerlenMrs. Lucy Saunders,  Mrs. Dale (Pat) Bastin,  Mrs. Wayne (Marilyn) Wilson, all of Shelbyville;  Mrs. James (Betty) Taggart, Waldron, and  Mrs. Charles Henderson, Hope, and a brother,  Jack Bassett, Shelbyville.  A brother, sister and son preceded her in death.
Submitted by Kathy Kelley


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday February 20, 1936
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LOCAL  MANíS  SISTER  DIES
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Mrs. C. M. Sparks Passes Away; Funeral at Greensburg
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          Mrs. Charles M. [ Sylvia] Sparks,  40 years old, sister of  Leslie Knarr of Shelbyville, died at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Deaconess hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she underwent a operation a week ago.  She was a resident of Greensburg.
          She was the daughter of  William and  Minnie Robbins Knarr  and was born at Harris City, September 5, 1895.  She married Mr. Sparks April 5, 1910.  The husband and a daughter,  Mavern, survive.  A son Oscar, died at the age of 21 months.
          Other survivors are her father, and five sisters,  Mrs. Albert [ Grace] Weber,  Mrs. Roger [Evelyn] Ingels,  Mrs. Leo [Mabel B.] Nichting  and  Leo [Myrtle] Deuser, all of Cincinnati.
          Funeral services will be held at the home in Greensburg, 128 West Main street, at 2 p.m. Friday. The Rev. J. F. Mitchell will officiate.

The  Shelbyville  Republican
October 27, 1917
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MRS. LAURA  SPARKS  DIED  VERY  SUDDENLY
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WAS  UP  TOWN  FRIDAY  NIGHT
IN  USUAL  HEALTH--
PASSED  AWAY  SATURDAY  NOON--
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WAS WIDOW OF LERT SPARKS.
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           Mrs. Laura Sparks, widow of  Lyrton Sparks died at noon today at her home 138 east Franklin street.  Mrs. Sparks lived alone.  Though she has been more or less an invalid for some time her death came rather suddenly as she was down town with friends last night and seemed to be in the best of spirits.  She suffered a severe attack of neuralgia of the stomach.  Dr. Sam Kennedy was called and spent several hours in an effort to save her but it was not to be.  Mrs. Sparks was born July 23, 1856, making her at the time of her death something over 61 years of age.  She was an orphan having been raised by   Mr. and Mrs. William Moore.  Her only surviving relative who is  Robert E. Moore of Flat Rock is a second cousin.  She probably has a number of relatives but they are not known to her and she lost touch with them.
          Mrs. Sparks was good and kind and was loved by all who knew her.  The funeral arrangements will be in charge of Stewart and Fix and the details will be announced by them later.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Rebecca Lyles


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Saturday, October 27, 1917
Page 1
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WIDOW  OF  LATE  LYRTON  SPARKS
DIED  AT  NOON
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NOTED  CHARITY  WORKER
EXPIRES  SUDDENLY--
ONLY  ONE  BLOOD  RELATIVE  SURVIVES.
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          Mrs. Laura Sparks, widow of  Lyrton Sparks, passed away at 12 o'clock today at her home on east Franklin street, from an illness from which she had been suffering for the past several days, but her death came unexpectedly to her many friends because she felt so much improved Friday evening that she made a trip up town.
          Only one relative survives her and he is a second cousin, Robert E. Moore, of Flat Rock.  Friends of  Mrs. Sparks were told by her some time before her illness that she knew of no other relative.
          She was born in Indianapolis sixty-one years ago last July and she was brought to this city when she was only two weeks old and had made Shelbyville her home ever since.  When fifteen years of age she was united with the Christian church here and had always worked for the betterment of those around her.  She was widely known for her charity work and many of those she has helped will sadly mourn her departure.  Her late husband preceded her in death several years ago, following the flood of 1913.  A brother of the late Mr. Sparks, Chip Sparks, is now residing in Waldron.
          Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Stewart and Fix.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Rebecca Lyles

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