The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church, 415 Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia. The Reverend Hosie Waters, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Champ Waters Memorial Cemetery, 119 Twin Church Road, Montezuma, Georgia.
Glenda was the youngest of the four children, for she was born February 15, 1952 to the late James Sparks and Lelia Mae Bailey Sparks in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her oldest brother, Willie C. Sparks. Glenda was educated in the Macon County public school system where she acquired her elementary education from the old historic Macon County Training School. She was a 1970 graduate of the historic D. F. Douglass High School. She continued to pursue her education at the Albany State University in Albany, Georgia in early childhood education and business education.
Glenda was employed with the Macon County Board of Education where she retired after some thirty years of dedicated services as a secretary at Macon County High School. Following retirement Glenda served as a faith member of the Macon County Retired Educators and Associates.
Glenda accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and joined the Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church where she exemplified her worth on the Missionary Auxiliary, Food Bank Ministry, and Church Choir of Magnolia Baptist Church on White Line Street. As the church began to grow, they saw a vision, and the church moved to its present site. Glenda, being a great cook, was placed over the kitchen ministry. She also supported every ministry of the church she loved so well. “Servant of God, well done.”
Glenda lived a happy life, for she was called “Demples” because she had such beautiful dimples, a lovely smile, and cheerful laugh. She will be long remembered for the dedication she gave to her family, Church, school system, and friends.
She leaves a legacy of love, smiles, and many fond memories to her family and friends: two brothers, Johnny (Mable) Sparks, Atlanta, Georgia and George Eddie Sparks, Montezuma, Georgia; a loving and devoted sister-in–law, Ola Mae Sparks, Montezuma, Georgia; an uncle, I. D. (Bessie) Bailey, Atlanta, Georgia; eleven nieces and nephews, Gail Sparks Odoms (Willie James), Contressa Lane, Dr. Donzaleigh (Anthony), Arrington, Kimberly Bass, Cheryl Blackwell, Timothy Caldwell, Craig (Doris) Sparks, Anthony (Shirley)Sparks, James Sparks, and Marvin Sparks; a host of great nieces and great nephews; and a host of beloved relatives and friends, including one devoted, Eddie Thomas Hosley, Sr.