Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

July 13, 2013

Billy B. Sparks

KEGLEY — Billy B. Sparks Sr., 77, of Kegley, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at his residence.

Billy was born November 4, 1936, at Matoaka, he was the son of the late Charles Sparks and Kathleen Burton Sparks.

He served in the U.S. Army - 1st Armored Division for 6 years (1957-1963).

He worked for 40 years in several jobs including coal mining, Royal Typewriter (Bluefield) and the Mercer County Board of Education. He loved being an outdoorsman and father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eight siblings: Larry Major, Franklin Burton, Weldon Burton, Rolland Burton, Harold Burton, Earnest Wright, Kathleen Wright, and Leonard Wright.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Justine Sparks; two sons, Billy Sparks Jr. and Doug Sparks; two daughters, Debbie Furches and companion Doug Akers, Tammy Vaught and husband Tim; grandchildren, Niki Truitt and husband Noel, Ashley Vaught, Jennifer Fields, Jessica Bridge and husband Brennan, Erica Furches, Lindsey Koen and husband Ryan; great-grandchildren, Conner and Kynlee Truitt, Hannah, Jordyn, and Kylie Fields, Gabrielle Selvey, Shea Bridges, Carson and Jackson Koen. Other family survivors include sisters, Linda Carter, Darlene Major; niece, Patty Billings and husband Timmy; and sisters-in-law, Wilma Gentry and Claudia Merrill.

The family has honored Billy's request that he be cremated and services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared via

The Sparks family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • Dorothy Mae Smith Hoge Dorothy Mae Smith Hoge

    BLUEFIELD — Dorothy Mae Smith Hoge. The angels came on the evening of Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. and took Dorothy home to be with her Lord and family.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Charles Ray Ellison Sr.

    PRINCETON — Charles Ray Ellison, Sr., 72, of the Courthouse Road, Princeton, died late Sunday night, July 27, 2014 at his residence.

    July 29, 2014

  • Wallace Gray “P.I.” Yates

    NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — Wallace Gray “P.I.” Yates, age 93 of North Tazewell, VA passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at his daughter's home.

    July 29, 2014

  • Earl McDonald Stillwell Earl McDonald Stillwell

    BLUEFIELD — Earl McDonald Stillwell, 85 of Penmar Ave., Bluefield, West Virginia went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Aubrey Bazel Lawson

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — Aubrey Bazel Lawson, 96 of Bluefield, VA passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

    July 29, 2014

  • John L. Belcher

    FRANKLIN, Va. — John Lundy Belcher, 78, passed away July 27, 2014 at his home.

    July 29, 2014

  • James Gianato James Gianato

    KIMBALL — James Gianato, age 87, of Kimball, WV, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center after a short Illness.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Elizabeth Pearl Baldwin Elizabeth Pearl Baldwin

    LERONA — On July 25, 2014, Elizabeth Pearl Baldwin, 84, was called home to be with Jesus and reunite with her precious Ronald.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Douglas W. Jenkins Douglas W. Jenkins

    PRINCETON — Douglas W. Jenkins, 90, of Princeton formerly of Lashmeet died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Princeton Health Care Center.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • James “Jake” Jackson Jr. James “Jake” Jackson Jr.

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — James “Jake” Jackson, Jr. age 65 of the Mudfork community in Bluefield, VA went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 25, 2014.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo