Herbert Ray Sparks, 83 of Oklahoma City, formerly of Arkansas City, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Rambling Oaks Courtyard in Oklahoma City.
Graveside services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13 at Parker Cemetery. Pastor David Stanley will officiate. Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory.
A memorial has been established for Kindful Hospice of Oklahoma. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.
Herb was born March 14, 1937, to Clint and Fay (Gay) Sparks, in Cookston, Okla. He grew up and attended schools in Arkansas City, graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1955. After high school Herb went to work for Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. He worked as a car man for many years. Herb later received a promotion and retired as a mechanical foreman.
Herb married Janet Sherwood on Dec. 19, 2000 in Arkansas City. The couple made their home in Geuda Springs. Herb had a passion for woodworking. He was a member of the Cherokee Strip Woodcarvers, International Wood Carvers and the Woodturners of Arkansas City. Herb was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Arkansas City.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clint Jr., and Gary Sparks; and sister, Florence O’Daniel.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Sparks, of Geuda Springs; daughter, Shelby Hart and husband, Jim, of Norman, Okla.; son, Greg Sparks and wife, Adele, of Brentwood, Tenn.; son, Andy Sparks and wife, Angela, of Madison, Ala.; brother, Loye Sparks and wife, Bert, of Topeka; sisters, Mary Cromley and Janet Rowland, of Eufaula, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.