Mr. Jack R. Sparkman, 80, of Bristol, Texas passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007 peacefully while in the company of family members at Ennis Regional Medical Center in Ennis, Texas.

Mr. Sparkman was born in Bristol, Texas on Sept. 15, 1926, the son of the late Mack and Ila (Parker) Sparkman. Jack was a graduate of the class of 1944 at Ferris High School and a Veteran of the United States Navy during WWII. Following his service in the Navy, Jack attended classes at Arlington State College. He began his professional career at Chance Vought in Grand Prairie and completed his career manufacturing with Moran Tank Company in Natchez, Miss. Jack then returned to his roots in Ellis County and had been a farmer and rancher for the last thirty years. Jack served on the board of directors of the Bristol Cemetery Association and was the past president of the Ellis County Farm Bureau. Jack was also a member of the Masonic Lodge Ferris for 50 years. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Bristol.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Myrtle Faye Andrews Sparkman of Bristol, Texas; daughter Shirley and son-in-law Billy Fulton of Bristol, Texas; daughter Jackie and son-in-law Jeff Savell of College Station, Texas; brother Eldon and sister-in-law Peggy Sparkman of Bristol, Texas; grandsons Scott and wife Shannon Fulton of Bristol, Texas; Jeffrey Savell of College Station, Texas; Jonathan Savell of Irving, Texas; granddaughters Michele and husband Don Andrews of Bristol, Texas; Jennifer and husband Thomas Larriviere of Plano, Texas; great-grandsons Chance Fulton, Chase Fulton, and Zac Beauchamp, all of Bristol, Texas; great-grandson Jackson Larriviere of Plano, Texas; and great-granddaughter Christal Beauchamp of Bristol, Texas.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church of Bristol, with Rev. Karen Griffith and Rev. Randy Tucker officiating. Interment followed at the Bristol Cemetery with a Masonic graveside. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Green Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Bristol Cemetery Association, 557 Union Hill Road, Ennis, Texas 75119.