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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Prayers Lifted for the Sparks Family

Please join us in praying for sweet Caroline and her family during this difficult time. If you need transportation to the visitation & funeral please text Coach Massey 706.617.4361 or a teammate to make arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be offered at Columbus Hospice.

Mary Katherine Sparks, age 52, resident of Columbus, died on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at her residence. Funeral services are scheduled at the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus on Monday, January 16, 2012, 11 a.m. with Reverend (Dr.) Jimmy Elder officiating. Private interment will follow at Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service on Monday, January 16, 2012 from 10-11 a.m. Mrs. Sparks, daughter of the late Franklin Meriweather Nichols and Jacqueline Sorrough Nichols, was born March 14, 1959 in Wurtzberg, Germany. Mary was a graduate of LaGrange College and received her Master's Degree from Auburn University. She began teaching Spanish at Brookstone School in 1986 and was loved and appreciated by her students. Mary was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a devoted mother and wife who cared deeply for her husband and children. Mary is survived by her husband of 22 years, Steve Sparks of Columbus; one daughter, Caroline Sparks of Columbus; one son, Charlie Sparks of Columbus; one sister, Carol J. Nichols Langford and her husband Rusty of Columbus; one brother, Michael Nichols and his wife Katherine of Jacksonville, FL; other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be offered at