James Martin Sparks – June 9, 2019

James Martin Sparks, 71, of St. Marys, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Georgia.

Born October 16, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of the late Frank and Edith Gene Beacraft Sparks.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Mike Sparks.

Mr. Sparks had been a resident of Camden County for the past 30 years, and was a teacher at Camden County High School for 30 years, touching many lives during his tenure.  He was a Major in the U.S. Army, serving his country honorably during Vietnam.  He enjoyed golfing and traveling.

Survivors include his loving wife, Florence Sparks of St. Marys; daughter and son in law, Michelle and Kervin Smith of Milledgeville, Son and daughter in law, Brad and Renee Verneau of Alaska; sister, Patricia Friend of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Seth, Jaden, Brandt, Kathence, and Eli.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 12 noon at the Kingsland First Baptist Church with the Rev. Todd Herbert McCullough and Dr. Brian Parker officiating.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 am prior to services at noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Jim M. Sparks Scholarship Fund, at the Heritage Bank, St. Marys Branch.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

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