LEXINGTON: Timothy Sparks knew that he would receive an inheritance from the Lord as his reward for his work on earth. (Col 3:23-24) Having worked with all his heart, as if he worked for the Lord himself, Tim Sparks gained his incentive as he went home Saturday evening, April 3, 2021 following an apparent heart attack.
Born August 17, 1955 to the late Arlon and Mildred (Wilson) Sparks, Tim graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1973. Very athletic, he was a distance runner earning 2nd place at the state level in cross country. Tim continued his education at Baldwin Wallace and The Ohio State University.
On August 31, 1974 he married Deborah Lay after dating on and off through high school and deciding life wasn’t the same apart. They connected over their love of art, music and dreams of travel.
Tim began his career as a regional sales representative at Peabody Galion, and made many business contacts and friends that led him to relocate to Jacksonville, Fl. After much prayer, he and Deborah took a leap of faith beginning their own company, Suncoast Hydraulic Electric. With dedication, hard work and sacrifice the business grew from an in-home operation to 50 employees. Perfectly balanced, Tim with the mechanically gifted concepts and Deborah handling the bookwork and orders, they made the best possible partnership and team. Soon they found themselves at the helm of a successful business they ran together for nearly thirty years. Just retiring this month, Tim was excited to travel and do some of the things he and Deborah dreamed about in their early marriage years.
Timothy had a wealth of knowledge, cultured mind, and a variety of interests. He enjoyed art museums and the symphony as well as mushroom hunting and kayaking; was a talented baker and held season tickets at the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium; loved to run and dance or sit with a book or puzzle. Tim was so very well rounded.
Described as highly intelligent, he was proud of his knowledge and intellect, but at the same time, he was very humble and unassuming. He will be remembered for his generosity, his inability to spend money on himself, and his great devotion to Christ and his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Deborah Sparks of Lexington, daughter and son-in-law Nicole and Dr. David Greenfield of Savannah, GA; son Dustin Sparks of Lexington; grandchildren Haley, Kellen, Andrew and Lincoln Greenfield; siblings David Sparks, Donna Bence, Ray Sparks, Fred Sparks, Jim Sparks, Cindy Kieper, Jeff Sparks and Dan Sparks.
In addition to his parents Tim was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law Kevin and Joyce Sparks.
Friends may call Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service honoring Timothy will follow at 12 pm. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will speak and burial will follow in Zion Four Corners Cemetery. For guests unable to attend, the funeral service will be live streamed on the Lexington Avenue Snyder Facebook page.
To read Tim’s complete obituary and view his tribute video, please visit snyderfuneralhomes.com.