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Wanda Faye Keene Sparks

May 25, 1948 June 21, 2017
Wanda Faye Keene Sparks
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Obituary for Wanda Faye Keene Sparks

Wanda Faye Keene Sparks, 69 years of age of Oakwood, VA, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Born May 25, 1948 she was the daughter of the late Henry Earl and Julia Caroline Horne Keene.

Wanda was of the Christian faith and was a member of the New Life Fellowship Church. She was a graduate of Grundy Senior High, attended Southwest Community College and had her LPN nursing degree. She was active in Civic and Community Affairs and was a supporter of Ministers of all denominations. Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two children, Julia Ann Sparks Bailes and Jeffery Lynn Sparks; three sisters, Hazel Gouge, Flossie Horne, Myrtle Horne; and three brothers, Herman, Harvey, and Curtis Keene.

Left to cherish her memories include her husband of 53 years, Phillip “Larry” Sparks of Oakwood, VA; three sisters, Opal (Leon) Davis of Patterson, VA, Okie (Larry) Pettrey of Troutman, NC, and Lovis Owens of Beckley, WV; two brothers, James Keene of Patterson, VA, and Roger (Phyllis) Keene of Patterson, VA; daughter-in-law, Sandra Sparks of Oakwood, VA; three grandchildren, Nikki (Justin) O’Dell of Oakwood, VA, Jeffery “J.P.” Sparks of Oakwood, VA, and Brandi Hazelwood of Princeton, WV; and great-grandchildren, Allison O’Dell, Phillip Lee O’Dell, Courtney O’Dell, and Parker Hazelwood. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Juanita Keene and Adele Keene.

Funeral services for Wanda Faye Keene Sparks will be conducted Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the New Life Fellowship Church in Oakwood VA with Pastors Jerry and Olivia Wilson, Pastor Kenneth Byrd, and Pastor Joan Roop officiating. Burial will follow in Esau Rife Cemetery in Keen Mountain, VA.

Active pallbearers will be: Tim Sparks, Justin O’Dell, Chris Sparks, Jeffery J.P Sparks James Keene, and Danny Rowlette.

Honorary pallbearers will be Russell Rash, Jerry Ward, Roger Daniels, Harold Musick, David Musick and Rick Clifton.

The family will receive friends at the New Life Fellowship Church on Friday beginning after 6:00 PM with evening song services to begin at 7:00 PM.

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The family of Wanda Faye Keene Sparks have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Keen Mountain, VA.

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Esaw Rife Cemetery Final Resting Place
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