Earl Sparks

January 15, 2016


Earl Sparks, 70, of Colfax passed away on Friday, January 15, 2016 at IU Hospital in Indianapolis.  He was born on June 7, 1945 in Montgomery County to Delbert and Vessie Elizabeth (Purdue) Sparks.  His first marriage was to the late Mary VanCleave and they later divorced.  He married Judy Kay Martin and she preceded in death in 1996.  He then married Cindy Clark on March 19, 2014 and she survives.

Earl was an independent trucker and owner of Sparks Trucking with a fleet of 6 trucks.  He was a member of Colfax Church and enjoyed restoring old cars.  Earl enjoyed participating in car shows and “cruise-ins” where he won several awards.  He enjoyed gospel and 50’s music and used to race stock cars in his younger years.


Visitation and Services

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center. Friends may visit one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Clarks Hill Cemetery.

Survived by:

Surviving along with his wife Cindy are his Daughters: Tammy (John) Clark of Frankfort & Michele (Fiance-Charles Tyler) Doughty of Colfax; Step-Children: Brian Vice, Bunny Boggess both of Frankfort, Stacey Boggess of Hawaii, Christian Cole of Ohio, & Joshua Cole of Indianapolis; Brothers: Morris (Mary) Sparks of Romeoville, IL, Layton (Sharon) Sparks, & Charles (Vickie) Sparks of Crawfordsville; Sister-in-law: Shirley Sparks of Ladoga; Brother-in-law: Norman Templeton of Crawfordsville; 21 Grandchildren & 8 Great-Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his Wife Judy; Son: Earl Sparks Jr. in 2001; Brother: Adrian Sparks, Sister; Virginia Templeton; Half Brother: Roscoe Purdue; & his beloved dog: Buddy.


Leave your Condolences

21 Condolences for “Earl Sparks”

  1. Betty Sparks Spore January 16, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Prayers for the family My he watch over one and all in his family.

  2. Joshua January 16, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    You will be missed more then you know. Your presence on earth had a tremendous impact on alot of people whether it be friend family or a stranger you passed and shared in small talk. You left a lasting impression, many funny stories and memories! Thank you for all that you did for this family. Love you Dad

  3. mike&Judy January 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Earl you were the kindness man we knew. You.were our neighbor and then our friend. You had a long journey and fought the whole way until you couldn’t. Fight anymore. We had alot of laughs even in hospital and those are the memories you leave with us.We promised you we were gonna watch over Cindy and we will continue to do that our friend. You will be greatly missed ,may you now rest in peace and be an angel in heaven. We love. You to heaven and back. Mike and Judy Ferguson.

  4. Karen and John Sims January 17, 2016 at 9:28 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you. You and your family will be in our thoughts.

  5. Martin and Lisa Echols January 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Words can not express what Earl meant to us. We are sending our love, thoughts, prayers, and hugs. We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are breaking with you!!!! Martin, Lisa, and Stevie.

  6. Carolé Reed Talbert January 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Cindi, So Sry to hear ur Happiness was cut short but glad u found someone if only for a season…God Bless, In His Service,
    Carolé Reed Talbert ~

  7. Madeline & Doug Sanders January 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I am truly sorry to hear about Big Earls’ passing. May God bless him and Cindy. Earl good journey.

  8. Betty Snell January 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Saddened by Earl’s death. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Hold onto the good memories as you travel this sad road.

  9. eddie munger January 18, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    it has been forever since I have seen you but I have great memories thank you I will miss you!!!

  10. Michele January 18, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I can’t say in words what you mean to me. I’ve had the best father and best friend a person could ever ask for. You were always honest with me and told me how to handle situations. You always had my back. I’d like to think I’ve always had yours also. You have stood by me through everything. From riding a bike to having my first child. You scolded me when I was wrong and patted me on the back when I was wrong. You didn’t play any punches. People knew how you felt good or bad. You had a great view of life and lived everyday to the fullest. Most days you got up at 3 or 4am to drink a cup of coffee, smoke a cigarette and watch the early news. Then off to hang out with your buddies and talk about the world. I miss hearing your semi take off to go make a ruin, that you loved to do. Trucking was your life next to your family. You loved your fault unconditionally. You always gave off your time and money. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more generous man. You loved with all your heart. You were my mom and my dad for 20 years . You are with the many loved ones. I hope you are all celebrating. You and I went through many trials together but we always stuck together in our hearts. You will always be in my heart dad. I already love and miss you more than my heart can handle at times. Until we meet again dad. I love you ❤

  11. Janet Gish January 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Cindy so sorry to hear of Earls passing, my prayers will be with you and the family

  12. Kelly G. January 19, 2016 at 2:32 am

    From all of us at MHRC, we want to offer our condolences for your loss. Our time with Earl was short, but we grew to care for him very much. Our prayers are for you and your family in your time of mourning.

  13. Deb Curl January 19, 2016 at 9:10 am

    On behalf of the Curl and Lafollette families we extend our deepest thoughts and prayers to all of your family in this hard time.

  14. Andy Beuoy January 19, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Prayers to the Family. They have lost a good man.

  15. Bob and Sheila Boggess January 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Cindy, may God wrap His arms of Comfort around you and your family. Our sincerest condolences.

  16. Arland ( A.J.) Altic January 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Sorry of Hearing of Your Passing .. As I thought you would be around for a long Time … Enjoyed the Time that I worked for you and all of time around your Family .. Prayers for all of the Family … Gonna Miss you Out there on the Road .. May this Last Load be lighter to Carry …

  17. Becky January 22, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Gonna miss you and Buddy…Rest in peace my friend…

  18. Ruth Spears January 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Cindy and family. I am so sorry .. Please accept my Love and Condolences.. Hugs & Prayers,, Ruthie & Norm Spears

  19. Joni R. Marcum Hendrix January 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

    So Sad to hear of Earls passing. he was such a nice guy. I met him when he was married to Kay. Saw him often working at the station. My regards to his family.

  20. Teresa Cronkhite February 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    My sincere condolences. I know the pain of losing the one you love.
    Teresa Ayers Cronkhite

  21. Marty Ayers Lock February 18, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss.
    Prayers for the family.

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