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816 W. Broadway
PO Box 407
Winnsboro, TX 75494
Phone: 903-342-5211
Melvin Sparks

Melvin Lee Sparks

Thursday, December 26, 1940 - Friday, June 7, 2019
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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.

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
208 TX-37
Mt Vernon, TX 75457


South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department
264 Farm Rd 3357
Scroggins, TX 75480
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, June 9, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beaty Funeral Home-Winnsboro
    816 W. Broadway
    Winnsboro, TX 75494
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, June 10, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, June 10, 2019 10:00am
    Beaty Funeral Home-Winnsboro
    816 W. Broadway
    Winnsboro, TX 75494
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Bro. Larry Black
  • Interment

    Monday, June 10, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 10, 2019 11:00am
    Bethel Cemetery
    CR 4350
    Scroggins, Texas 75480
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  • Texas A&M University


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Beatrice Mitchell

Posted at 10:35pm
My condolences to the family due to the loss of Melvin. Losing the ones we love is never easy. May you be comforted in knowing that now Melvin is asleep with the hope of awakening from God's memory to life again at a time when all causes of suffering, pain, sickness, and even death are all things of the past. (John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:4)

Debi Russell

Posted at 08:43pm
My heart goes out to all of his loved ones. Decades ago Melvin was our 'rock' when my mother was killed. He never lost contact with me and loved me as though I were his own. Though we talked less seldom throughout the years, I was always so happy to know he had a wonderful, happy life and a wonderful woman he adored. The world was definitely a better place because Melvin was in it! Hard to find good hearts in this world now! Debi Russell

Crystal, Nicole and Pamela

Posted at 08:29pm
In honor of Melvin Sparks. Thank you for making our Grandmother feel loved and happy. With deepest sympathy: the Carver's, Ellis's and Handy's.
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