Jewell Mae Ragsdale Sparks went to be with her Lord on February 7, 2022, at the age of 90.
Mom was born September 16, 1931in the Jake's Creek arm of Bullfrog Valley of Pope County to Robert Ragsdale and Iva Mae Partain Ragsdale. She was the oldest of three daughters born to Robert and Iva.
She married the love of her life, William (Bill) Sparks on April 21, 1948. Their marriage lasted 55 years until Bill's death in 2003. They have four children, William Robert (Bob) Sparks (June) of Lamar, Shirley Noyes (Duane) of Russellville, Aneta Mills (Mike) of Dover and David Sparks (Susan) of Clarksville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Iva, her mother and father-in-law, Henry and Floy Sparks, two sisters, Minnie Huffman and Pearl Henry, one granddaughter, Dawn Marie King and one son-in-law, Duane Noyes.
She is survived by her four children, 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Mom was a very good cook and loved to cook and if the family had a get-together, she brought more to eat than anyone. She loved her flowers and worked just about daily weeding her flowers and working in the garden. Mom worked many years for Sugar Creek Creamery until they sold their operation, Morton's Frozen Food and Tyson. She retired at age 62 from Tyson on Tyler Road. Sometime after her retirement, she started working for Home Health and her first job was for her sister-in-law, Mildred Boze. She worked for several ladies in her neighborhood and continued working for (the old people) until she was 80 years old.
Visitation will be before the service beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Funeral Services will follow at 10 a.m. at the Hardwicke Chapel in Clarksville, Arkansas with Brother Eddie Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at Owens Cemetery in Dover, Arkansas. Pallbearers are Jeff Sparks, Robbie Sparks, Steven Sparks, Bryan Mills, Scott King, and Nate Sparks.