In Memory of




Obituary for Murieline Skaggs (Sparkman)

Murieline Skaggs was born on July 28, 1937 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Merle and Lois (Reynolds) Sparkman. She passed away on July 24, 2022 in Scranton, Arkansas at the age of 84. She was a member of Clarksville Church of Christ, a Clarksville High School graduate, and a piano and guitar teacher.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Lois (Reynolds) Sparkman; her husband, Ira Skaggs and her son, Brian Thompson.

She is survived by her son, Brent Thompson and wife, Heather Thompson of Myrtle Beach, SC; her daughter, Shari Koch and husband, Kevin Koch of Scranton, AR; her sister, Morine Blackard and husband, Jim Blackard of Carrollton, TX; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-greatgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville, Arkansas with Reverend Jack Glaze officiating.

Murieline Skaggs was a caring mother, grandmother and music teacher. She taught piano in Clarksville, Arkansas for over 25 years to the young and old, inspiring so many through her love of music. At one point, Murieline was honored to teach a young man who was blind, how to play the piano.
She passed her deep affection for music on to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Murieline was spirited, she had a zest for life and a deep love for her family and friends.
We are so grateful and so blessed for all the moments, the memories, time spent with with our mother and grandmother.
We honor her each time we hear a wind chime, play the piano or strum a guitar.
“Life is like a piano, what you get out of it, depends on how you play it."