A wake service will be held from 5:00-6:00 P.M. on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc., 607 Kaigler Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Graveside services will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Champ Waters Cemetery, Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia.
Please be mindful that we will adhere to all government recommendations and mandates to limit the number of attendees at all services at this time. We are limiting the number of attendees to no more than 10 at the funeral home chapel services and graveside services. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.
George E. Sparks “Ed” was born in Montezuma, Georgia on November 10, 1942 to the late Lelia Mae Bailey Sparks and the late James Sparks in Macon County. He was the 3rd of 4 siblings. He was preceded in death by two siblings Willie C. Sparks and Glenda Louise Sparks .
Ed was educated in the public school system of Macon County. He acquired his elementary education from the old historic Macon County Training School and was a graduate of the historic D.F. Douglass High School. At an early age he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He was a faithful member of Magnolia Baptist Church where he served in the choir and Senior Usher Board. Whenever there were meals to be made in the fellowship hall, Ed took great joy in going to pick up the church chicken for the food ministry. In 1985 he became a Mason serving M.E. Prince Hall under Plymouth Rock Lodge #86.
After moving to Atlanta, Ed worked for Simmons Mattress for 25 yrs. He also worked for Burrell Coffey Motors for 12 yrs. He attended Mount Ephraim Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. R L White Jr. where he served on the Usher Board. He took great pride in doing what he thought God wanted him to do. Following retirement he moved back to Montezuma and lived his best life with his lovely sister Glenda. He was glad to be back home once again and returning his church home Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church. He truly loved Rev. Waters and First Lady very much.
Ed also work with the Montezuma Police Department and the Macon School System as a Crossing Guard. He enjoyed having breakfast at the Huddle House and shooting the breeze as he would say with his friends. Ed loved to travel, dance, music and good food. But most of all we all know he loved to dress.
On August 10, 2020, God took Ed by his hand and said “Well done, good and faithful servant." And he peacefully entered into rest. His voice for kindness, his heart for love and his spirit for unselfishness, will always remain in the hearts and memories of his family: daughters, Cheryl Blackwell, Kimberly Bass; granddaughters, Terrilisha Hawkins, Brittany Mitchell (Dontavies); great grandson, Brenten Mitchell- Shank; brother, Johnny Sparks (Mable); sister-in-law, Ola Mae Sparks; nieces, Gail Sparks Odom (Willie); Contessa Lane, Dr. Donzaleigh Arrington (Anthony), and Doris Sparks; nephews, James Sparks, Marvin Sparks, Anthony Sparks, Timothy Caldwell; loving cousins, and a host of many relatives and friends.