Stephen Allen Sparks, of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully at 1:57am, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the age of 64.
Stephen was born on December 5, 1953 in Christopher, Illinois to the late James and Betty (Smith) Sparks. Stephen was raised in West Frankfort and Johnston City Illinois and was a true on a kind individual.
Stephen, for many years was the Owner/Operator of an Appliance Repair Shop. He was an avid bicyclist and will be forever remembered for his love of roller-skating, a good game of checkers, Chess, Dominoes, or Yahtzee. He also enjoyed running and placed well for his age in division competition, Stephen had a passion about staying in shape. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, James and Betty Sparks; two sisters, Sally L. Reed and Sara M. Barnard.
He leaves to cherish his memory, Three brothers, James R. Sparks-Enfield, Il., Samuel S. Sparks (Marsha)-Jackson, Mo, Stanford M. Sparks- Johnston City, Il.; Four sisters, Sandra S. Fulton (Richard) -Woodville Acres, Fl, Stephanie A. Salva-Twin (Joe)- Fayetville, NC, Susan K. Swingle- Marion, Il., Sonya R. Reed (Wesley)-Johnston City, Il
He also leaves to cherish his memory, His former wife Mickey Sparks; Step-children, Kim, Gary, Suri, and Gregory; Step grandchildren, Lynda, Brad, Ashley, Justin, Gillian, Lavena, Nalena, Sarah, and Sofia.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North Interstate Highway 35, Pflugerville, Texas 78660.
Stephen will be returning to Illinois to rest alongside his parents with a graveside service held at Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City, IL., on November 16th at 1:00 p.m. Family will be officiating, sharing memories and praying. Graveside services are entrusted to Blue Funeral Home in Marion, IL.