October 20, 2020

Pages 5488-5489
Whole Number 193


Wallace E. ["Sonny") Sparks of Victoria, Texas, a sustaining member of our Association for many years, has asked us to record the deaths of two of his brothers: Willie Warren Sparks, who was born March 22, 1911, died on December 25, 1991, in Victoria, Texas, and Walter Jackson Sparks, Jr., known as W. J. Sparks, who was born November 24, 1914, died on April 20, 1997, also in Victoria. They were sons of Willie Walter Jackson Sparks, Sr.. Warren Sparks, as he was known, is survived by his wife, Melese Sparks; W. J. Sparks is survived by one son, W. J. Sparks, III.

A record of the Sparks ancestry of Sonny Sparks and his siblings was published in the Quarterly of September 1989, Whole No. 147, under the title "Jeremiah Sparks, Jr., born ca.1773, Son of Edward Sparks." This article was preceded by "Edward Sparks (Died 1785/86) From Maryland to Pittsylvania & Fluvana Counties, Virginia." See page 3455 for a record of the family of Willie Walter Jackson Sparks (1885-1975).

Sonny Sparks writes:

Our family came together with The Sparks Quarterly published in September 1989. Our heartfelt thank you goes out to Russell E. Bidlack, Editor of the Quarterly. Thank you to Major Gerald H. Sparks of Runge, Texas. Thank you to B. J. Sparks, Jr. of Yakima, Washington. Thank you to Doris Adcock of Victoria County, Texas. Yall did a wonderful job. May God Bless You All.

See Henry S. Sparks (1804-1864), pp. 3448 through 3455. Henry S. Sparks was my great-grandpa.

There were five Sparkses who moved from Arkansas to Victoria County, Texas, in the early 1900s.

My father, Willie Walter Jackson Sparks (1885-1975) who was the son of Henry Teague "Doc" Sparks (1849-1893), came to Victoria County, Texas, in 1901. He was only 15 1/2 years of age with no parents, no other family members, so he lived with his sister, Texas Seney Bell America Sparks, who married her first cousin, Acey Britton Sparks (1871-1924). Willie Walter Jackson Sparks married Cora Bell (McCurry) on August 23, 1908, in Victoria County, Tesas.

Three sons of John Britton J. Sparks(1840-1886) came to Victoria County, Texas: Acey Britton Sparks (1871-1924), came with his family in 1901. James Edward Sparks (1875-1930), came with his family in 1906 or 1907. Matthew A. "Matt" Sparks (1878-1955), came with his family.

Then in 1911, a son of William Erwin Sparks (1831-1873), Marion Jackson "Buddy" Sparks (1859-1943) came to Victoria County, Texas, with his family. See the Sparks Quarterly published in March 1991, page 4241.