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Mary Mildred Sparks

March 20, 1927 — July 17, 2019

Mary Mildred Sparks, 92, of Barboursville, Virginia passed away July 17, 2019 at her home.

She was born March 20, 1927, daughter of the late Walter Richards and Susie Garton Richards.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Patricia S. Fairfax and her husband, Donald; her son, Allan Sparks and his wife, Gwen; her grandchildren, Kevin Morris and his wife, Michelle and Lori Fisher and her husband, Josh; her great-grandchildren, Pearson and Ava Fisher; special friends, Barbara Mouberry and Leslie Tinder; and many other family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Sparks, Sr.; son, Johnny Sparks, Jr.; daughter, Nita Nicholson; son-in-law, Mickey Nicholson; daughter-in-law, Donna Sparks; granddaughter, Amy Sparks; and siblings, Hazel Shipp, Pearl Haney, Whitlow Richards and William Richards.

Mary was a lifelong member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who was very devoted to her family. Her loving nature will always be remembered and missed.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, July 19, 2019 at Ryan Funeral Home, 12819 Spotswood Trail Ruckersville, VA 22968 with Pastor David Knighton officiating. Interment will follow at Ruckersville Community Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bostic and the staff of Medi Hospice, especially Katie Champion and Chasity Taylor, RN, for the excellent care of our mother for the past 19 months.

An online guestbook is available at

Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville is in charge of arrangements.

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