Charles R. Sparks, Jr. (72) of Effingham


Published on September 17 2012 11:34 am

Charles R. Sparks, Jr., 72, of Effingham died at 10:15am Sunday, September 16, 2012 at his daughter's home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham, with the Rev. Bob Ward officiating. Burial will be in Hubbartt Cemetery in Beecher City. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at

Charles was born on June 22, 1940, in Shelbyville, IL, the son of Charles R. and Edna V. (Doty) Sparks. Charles was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from World Color Press in Effingham as an industrial maintenance technician. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and building and repairing clocks. Charlie also enjoyed the company of his IGA coffee buddies.

Charles is survived by his daughter, Roxanna (Dave) Apke of Teutopolis; son, Charles R. (Karla) Sparks III of Decatur; grandchildren, Jennifer Apke, Dustin Apke, Clint Apke, Ellen Sparks, and Theresa Sparks; sisters, Carolyn Furnish of Greentown, IN, Delores (Ron) Frazier of Heyworth, Ruby Ferguson of Decatur, and Ruth (Ed) Niccum of Beecher City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Sparks; and sister, Mary Sparks.