Robert Glenn Sparks
September 10, 1941 ‒ November 20, 2018
MANSFIELD: Quiet people have the loudest impact. Bob Sparks’ simple tips for life included: feet on the ground, hands to the work of the Lord, eyes on Christ, and a quiet knack for opening his heart to touch those around him.
The Lord brought eternal rest to his servant Robert Glenn “Bob” Sparks Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from his Mansfield home. He was 77.
Born September 10, 1941 in Lexington, Kentucky to Oscar and Allene (Dunaway) Sparks, he was graduated from Lafayette High School in Lexington and attended Asbury University.
While at a church camp meeting he met Linda J. Young, and the two were married June 2, 1963.
For 20 years, Bob served as operations manager with Montgomery Wards in Mansfield. He later served 20 years with Richland County Child Support Agency retiring as director to work part-time with Joyce Buick.
A forty-year member of Mansfield Alliance Church, Bob loved the congregation and served as elder and chaired the church board and the mission committee. More recently he attended Berean Baptist Church.
Bob will be best remembered for embracing true religion: he treasured, and valued his relationship with elderly friends, it naturally flowed from his kind heart – he put others first, and led with quiet strength.
An avid UK Basketball fan, Bob followed OSU football and the Cincinnati Reds, and never got enough Skyline Chili! Bob’s highest earthly accolade was that of “Grandpa.” He dearly loved his family and enjoyed his time with them.
That loving family includes his devoted wife Linda; their daughter Susan (Bob) Bravard of Lexington, KY; daughter-in-law Christy Sparks of Mansfield; granddaughters Elizabeth, Julia, Anna, Lauren, Lindsey, and Emily; sisters Sharon (Dave) Winkle, Karen (Mark) Bruins and sister-in-law Carol Sparks all of Lexington, KY; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
His beloved son Michael Glenn Sparks passed into the Lord’s care March 24, 2013. Also deceased is his brother Wayne Sparks.
The Sparks family will receive guests Friday, November 23, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Bob Sparks will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Berean Baptist Church. Pastors Larry Hulver and Phil Leineweber will speak.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory to the Great Commission Fund of MAC to support Kirsten & Mark Carter or to the Deacon’s Fund of Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sparks family. Share with them a note of comfort – or watch Bob’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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