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“My thoughts and prayers go to Bills family and friends at this time. Bill was my supervisor for many years. We have and will miss him. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Cindy Calfee - Radford, VA

“I have great memories of growing up in "the holler". Our families were very close, mom and Grace, Donnie with Mickey and Billy. We are so sorry for...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Robin Martin - Pulaski

“We are so sorry to hear about your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Pleas try to keep your chin up in these hard times and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Diane McCloud - Raleigh, NC

“I have many fond memories of my uncle Bill growing up. Although we may have lost touch over the years I will Cherish the memories I have as a child....Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Brandon Bishop - Pearisburg, VA

“I am sorry for your loss. I remember riding school bus with Billy and my brothers were friends also. Prayers being sent for your comfort. Donna...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Donna Bratton - Ripplemead, VA

“Sorry for your loss ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Joel Geiss - Pearisburg, VA

“So sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with Bill at NRV before going to the medium caliber lap line.I know he will be greatly missed.My thoughts...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Brenda Gregory - Pulaski va, VA

“I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. He was a wonderful friend and a close neighbor to my grandmother when I was growing up in Narrows....Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Allen Riddle - Narrows, VA

“Bill was a great person, Sorry for your loss, God Bless ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Tonya Hackett - NC - Coworker

“So sorry to hear this news. Billy was always such a cut up in school! What a wonderful sense of humor and kindness. He was a great friend in school...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Collins - Pulaski, VA

“Sorry for your loss ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Kevin Dunford - Dublin, VA

“Bill will not be forgotten. He had an undeniable passion for the things he loved. Of course his family was at the top of the list. We are so...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Mary and Eddie Wright - Pulaski, VA

James William (Bill) Sparks, 61 of Narrows passed away at home on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 after a long illness.

He was born in Narrows on January 31st, 1956, and was the son of the late Earnest Lee and Grace Repass Sparks. In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Hawkins; and a brother, Michael Sparks.

Bill was a retired employee of New River Energetics at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. A longtime NFL Raiders fan, loved antique collecting, and a loyal NASCAR Rusty Wallace fan, he will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 31 years, Karen Diane Sparks; a daughter, Ashley Paige Sparks of Narrows; three grandchildren, Justise Sparks, Willow Sparks, and Talon Sparks; a sister, Patricia Dennis of Rich Creek; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 7 PM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows. The family will receive friends at Riffe's Funeral Chapel Thursday from 6 PM until just prior to the service.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at