Mr. Melvin Sparks, age 78 of Scroggins, passed away on Friday, June 7th, 2019 at his home. He was born on December 26th, 1940 in Scroggins, Texas to the late Ernest T. Sparks and Myrtle Lee Jordan Sparks.
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Melvin was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winnsboro, a 1966 graduate of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, Texas A&M University. He was also a member of the American Brahman Breeders Association. Melvin was a rancher, farmer and landscaper. He and Blanche shared a passion for gardening and enjoyed operating Handy Farms Greenhouse and Country Store in Scroggins together.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Earlene Swanner and Janell French and brother, Larry Sparks. He is survived by his wife, Blanche Handy-Sparks of Scroggins and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Beaty Funeral Home-Winnsboro 816 W. Broadway Winnsboro, TX 75494. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 10th, 2019 at Beaty Funeral Home at 10:00 am with Bro. Larry Black conducting. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Scroggins, with John Martin, Lynn Swanner, Chuck Cones, Danny Johnson, Chris Dickens and Arturo Arteaga serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Dalton Banks, Jerry Sparks, Charles Brewer, Carl Nelson, Glynn Minchew and Rickey E. Swanner.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to:
Chambers Home Health & Hospice
201 West 20th St. Suite 101
Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Mt Vernon, TX 75457
South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department
264 Farm Rd 3357
Scroggins, TX 75480