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4500 Jenny Lind Road
Fort Smith, AR | 72901
700 Jefferson St.
Van Buren, AR | 72956
Darral Sparkman

Darral Sparkman

Wednesday, November 25th, 1942 - Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
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Darral Sparkman, 77, of Van Buren passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at his home after a short illness.

Darral was a lifelong resident of Van Buren, He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. He served in the National Guard and was the owner of D&S Specialties in Van Buren, specializing in concrete and brickwork, and a retired school teacher from Fort Smith School District. During his 33 years of teaching, he was awarded teacher of the year. He served on the Van Buren City Council for many years as well as Van Buren School Board. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Van Buren, where he was also a Sunday school teacher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Gevena Sparkman; and his in-laws, Gene and Hilda Jean Watkins.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sandra of the home; a daughter, Tiffany Marshall and husband Heath of Van Buren; a grandson, Case and fiancée Amanda of Van Buren; and his puppy, Mollie of the home.

Graveside funeral service will be at noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at Gracelawn Cemetery Arbor in Van Buren. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

The family will visit with relatives and friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Almost Home Shelter, 3390 Pointer Trail E., Van Buren, AR 72956.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, October 16th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Ocker Memorial Chapel
    700 Jefferson Street
    VAN BUREN, AR 72956
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 12:00pm
    Gracelawn Cemetery
    3003 Oak Lane
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    Reverend Tom Hill
  • Interment

    Gracelawn Cemetery
    3003 Oak Lane
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Jerry Young

Posted at 11:43pm
Sandra and family... Darryl was such a positive influence on me as a teenager in his Sunday School class at CBC. He was a fine teacher who encouraged us at a critical point in life not to take ourselves too seriously. I know that he made a large impact on the lives of his students at Kimmons, as well. I know that he has been an equally wonderful husband and father. You are all in our thoughts. Jerry Young

Floyd Bryan

Posted at 04:30pm
To the best teacher and friend ever thank you for everything. You will be missed. Thank you again from your most improved student, Floyd Bryan.

Gina Armstrong

Posted at 12:59am
Darral was such a good Christian man and so sweet. Thinking of you Sandra and family.

Rex Yancy

Posted at 12:56am
Darral was one of my teachers in 1974 at Kimmons JR High.
He was one of a few that I can say really had an impact on my life.
Because of Him, I've always looked up to see what is above everyone's head.
He was a very Good Man.
Rex Yancy

Glenda Watson McClelland

Posted at 08:20pm
Darral was always a friendly person and had a wonderful and out going personality. He was loved by everyone who met him. He and Sandra were meant to be a couple many years ago back in high school. They were a joy to be around and so hilarious. God brought his Angel home to be with him. God bless Sandra and his family. He will be missed by so many!

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