Cecil Dudley Sparkman

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Cecil Dudley Sparkman, 81, of Post Oak, died on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

Memorial Services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Henrietta with Rev. Dan Sparkman, Rev. Keith Laude and B.D. Wynn officiating. Cecil will be laid to rest at Post Oak Cemetery in Post Oak.

Cecil was born on Dec. 3, 1939 to D.C “Slim” and Jimmie (Chapman) Sparkman. He married the love of his life, Betty Ford, on Nov. 28, 1982, at Live Oak Baptist Church, in Jacksboro. Cecil was a Rancher throughout his life. He attended Joy Baptist Church in Joy, where he served on several committees. Cecil was a lifetime member of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

He was on the board and has served as past President of the Clay County Farm Bureau as well as having been President of the Clay County Pioneer Association in 2013. Cecil was recognized as an Honorary member of the Midway FFA and had served on the Midway School Board and received the Honorary Vocational FFA Award. Cecil was a life time supporter of the Clay County Junior Livestock show and sale.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, and one sister, Sandra Alexander.

Cecil is survived by his wife, Betty Sparkman of Post Oak; three daughters, Tracy Spivey and husband Jess of Joy, Colleen Miles of Henrietta, and Melissa Whitaker of Post Oak; two sons, Cecil Dudley Sparkman Jr. and wife Lori of Comanche and Rodney Winkles of Prospect; Grand-children, Kandace “K.K.” Spivey and fiancé Scott Akridge, Steven Miles and wife Charissa, Kayla Gage and husband Dustin, Crystal Lockridge and husband Jayson, Danny Mack Whitaker and wife Chelsea, Casey Throneberry and husband Jessie, Cecil Dudley Sparkman, III “C.D.”, Daniel Spivey and wife Nicole, Justin Fraley and wife Kori, and Joey Fraley and wife Maegen; two brothers, George Sparkman and wife Jeannie of Gainesville, and Bob Sparkman and wife Freida of Levelland; three sisters, Nancy Bagoly and husband Alex of Spencerport, N.Y., Virginia Newton and husband Paul of Wichita Falls and Sally “Nelda” Marshall of Post Oak; ten great-grandchildren with one on the way and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Davis Funeral Home in Henrietta on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 from 3:30-5 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Clay County Junior Livestock Association, P.O. Box 91, Henrietta 76365, the Joy Volunteer Fire Department, 910 FM 173, Henrietta, 76365 or the Joy Baptist Church Youth Program, 8805 Old Joy Shannon Rd., Henrietta.

We understand that some may be uncomfortable with being confined inside close proximity. Our wishes as a family are that you all will still be able to attend, but if not, we understand and are working to possibly provide a live feed of the service online. This information will be provided once known.

Thoughts and memories may be shared online at davisfuneralhome.net.

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