A celebration of life for Faye Stone Sparkman, age 80, of Flintville, TN will be conducted on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 5 PM at Higgins Funeral Home.
Mrs. Sparkman was born on November 28, 1937 in Huntland, TN to the late Felix and Hassie Hayes Stone. She earned a bachelors degree from Middle Tennessee Teachers College (now MTSU) and she taught at Huntland High School. She loved reading and genealogy and enjoyed nature and being outdoors. Mrs. Sparkman passed away on November 30, 2017 at her residence.
Survivors include her sons, Monte Sparkman (Lynn) of Elora and James Sparkman of Flintville; daughter, Mary Purdom of Unionville; grandchildren, Kendall and Alexander Purdom both of Unionville; and brother, Ellis Stone (Norma) of Lynchburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Stone, and son-in-law, Jimmy Purdom.
Visitation with the family will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 3 PM until time of service at 5 PM. Higgins is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Sparkman.
I know this is years late but I truly loved Mrs. Sparkman. She was one of a kind and a heck of a teacher. She was honest, kind, and truly good to all of her students. I’ll miss her.
Monte, James, Mary, I knew your mother. We were friends early in our marriages. I lived at Smithland when she lived at Shady Grove. I remember several get-togethers that we enjoyed. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I loved her and I loved her cousin, Betty. We were all friends in college. She always seemed so unhappy. I do hope she was at peace.
We would like to express our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time.
Fats Domino singing Blueberry Hill and John Denver, chinese checkers, coffee, family lineages. Faye Sparkman was the best. My heart breaks for Monte and Lynn, James Reed and Mary Jane. She was a good friend to me back in the years. I will cherish the fond memories of her and the good times our families spent together.
I never had the privilege to be in one of your classes while I was at Huntland but you were an inspiration to me and so many others who dared to be ourselves and not follow what was popular. May God comfort your family.
Mrs. Sparkman was one of my favorite teachers. She had a uniqueness about her that I will always treasure. She touched so many lives and will be remembered fondly. My thoughts and prayers go with Monte, Jay and Mary.
I’m so sorry for your loss,my pray are with you all. May God Bless the family.
Loved children, Monte, Jay & Mary Jane… My heart hurts fir you all a pray you find confort knowing that you were so
blessed to have an Elegant,
Dignified, Cultured, Worldly, Proud, Respectful, Educated, Strong and Tenderhearted Woman I’ve known as your Mother. It is through that I myself being from HHS class of 1980. I feel we grew up those eariler years and am proud to have been one of
Ms. Faye Sparknen’s studants whos eye were oppened to the world of English, Literature, Drama and LIFE.
Through creative writting she opened my mind an aided my failing scores. I had nener knew english could be fun till Ms. Sparkman. Her love of literature brought books of the the greats. She brought in the good ole record player an we got to what we could never had dreamed! An her simple yet free spirits us looking at clouds, smelling the air an black coffee an sausage biscuts. She was the one to break HHS into Drams…need I say more. Students burned midnight oil. While the children grew with us and the grew tall too!
Ms. Faye Sparkman is the #1 influence in my life above all.
I personaly feel bless to call her “My Teacher”, “My Friend” she will live on in me.
Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Praying for you and sending love and hugs to you and your boys.
Mary, my heart goes out to you. You have been through a lot the past couple of years. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Moms are so special in our hearts. I will be sending prayers each day your way for comfort and spiritual healing. Love you dearly my friend.
I loved any time spent with Mrs. Sparkman whether it was in the classroom or at her home eating sausage and biscuits while listening to Eric Clapton. I met her when I was a young teen working at Shrader’s Restaurant and later became her drama student. I hope Monte, Jay and Mary find the peace during this sad time.
Ms. Sparkman was an amazing teacher! Praying for the family as they go through this difficult time.
One of my favorite teachers. She got me to love drama. I took drama 3 times just to be in her plays. Also remember her making us hang at the waist and swing our arms to release tension when being rowdy in her class. Fun times. Awesome teacher.
Monte and the rest of thr family , I am so sorry for your loss…she was such a great person..have lots of memories from her at school…Monte, I changed my phone and lost your number so I hope you get this message also…prayers for peace and comfort
My prayers are with you all and especially with my classmate, Monte. Ms. Sparkman was one of my favorite teachers that I had all throughout school. She was always so joyful and seemed to have a sense of inner peace about her. I hope she realized how much many of us loved her. Take care of each other. Candi Farmer-Wilson
Ms. Sparkman was one of the most memorable teachers in my K-12 experience! I still talk about her and enjoy my memories I had with her. I loved her spunk and her desire to think differently. I’m so sorry I won’t be able to make it to the funeral and visitation. Ms. Sparkman made an impact on the students at Huntland, and we all speak fondly of her.
Remembering my cousin Faye and all the fun times we had with her when I was growing up. She loved nature and the great outdoors and being with friends and family. My sympathy goes out to her children and grandchildren and her brother Ellis and his children. Love, Cheryl Hayes McAlpin