Obituary for Hope Sparks (Keeton)
Fayetteville – Hope Keeton Sparks, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
She departed from life in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at Grand Strand Regional Hospital due to complications of a stroke. She had recently built her dream home in North Myrtle Beach, and was looking forward to spending her winters south.
Hope was born May 15, 1928 in Calhoun County to Chapman and Ada (King) Keeton. She was next to oldest of five sisters and a half-brother.
Hope was a kind, gentle, generous woman who was much loved. Although she could be a very private person, she was also very fun loving. She embraced knowledge and enjoyed sharing what she had learned with others. She was an avid reader, gardener, and bird watcher. She wrote poetry, kept a journal, enjoyed music and loved the opportunity to travel. She was of Baptist faith and embodied the principals of Christianity with her charitable nature and thoughtful disposition. She looked for good in everyone and always found it.
She was known by many names to those who loved her: Phyllis, Hope, Mrs. Sparks, Mother, Mommy, Mom, Grandmother, Granny, Hope-e, and Nanny.
Most important to her was being a wife and homemaker. She always stated that her biggest accomplishment in life was her children whom she adored.
In addition to her parents and step father, (Oak Jett), she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arnet Sparks; a daughter, Connie Amstutz; half-brother, Stanton Jett; and sister, Juanita Waffler.
Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Larry Sparks and wife Kathy of Marmet; daughters, Sherry Waugh and husband Rick of Glasgow, and Bonnie Sansbury and husband Allen of North Myrtle Beach, SC.; sisters, Janice See of Elmira, Arlene Morrison and Maxine Uhl of Orrville, Ohio, and Charlotte Maxwell of Fayetteville; grandsons Christopher Waugh and Hunter Sparks; granddaughter Hayleigh Sparks; great granddaughter Jacelyn Tate Jones; step grandchildren Bryson England, and Cody, Hunter, and Chelsea Corbin; and numerous nieces and nephews along with a host of other family and friends.
Hope will be sadly missed and remembered always by those she touched in life with her generosity and compassion. She was a gift from God, who shared her with this world for 85 years. She was a true blessing to all who knew her. She is now in the presence of God. She now has perfect vision and hearing; she no longer needs her wheelchair and walker. She is walking on streets of gold and will worship God for all eternity. It is a comfort to know that because of God’s grace we have the opportunity to be re-united with her again in Heaven.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks and gratitude to the compassionate staff at Brightwater/The Retreat, Rehabilitation Center in Myrtle Beach, who provided such a high level of care in her final days.
Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 8th at High Lawn Funeral Home, 1435 Main Street East, Oak Hill, WV.
There will be a private graveside service following at Dotson-Simpson Cemetery in Keslers Cross Lanes, WV.