Donald Ray Sparks

 Donald Ray Sparks, 61 of 120 Deer Meadow Lane went home to be with the Lord May 21, 2012 at home.

Born May 15, 1951 in Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Dewey Sparks, Jr. and Thelma Rice Sparks.  He was a truck driver for over 40 years at Cherokee Auto Auction and was a member of Double Shoals Baptist Church.  Mr. Sparks loved anything with wheels and loved to cook and bake.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Martha Dean Sparks; son, Tommy Ray Sparks of Shelby; two daughters, Crystal Gail Hopper of Spring Hope and Kristin Sparks Lundy of Lawndale; five grandchildren, Dustin Lane Sparks, Haley Nicole Wood, Thomas Perry Sparks, Breanna  Michelle Lundy and Victoria Raylynn Sparks; one brother, Tim Sparks and wife, Connie of Lawndale, and many nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday at Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston

Funeral Service will be 1:00 PM, Saturday at Double Shoals Baptist Church, Shelby.  The body will lie in state thirty minutes before the service.

Officiating: Dr. Brian Johnson

Burial: Rose Hill Memorial Park, Fallston

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Stamey Funeral Home, PO Box 639, Fallston, NC 28042 to help with funeral expenses.

A guest register is available at

Stamey Funeral Home is serving the Sparks family.