He is a member of the Family Life Church and thoroughly enjoyed gardening, fishing, and traveling with his wife. A WW II Navy veteran, Clyde was employed as a salesman for Farm & Fleet before retiring and also worked at Baker Woods and Marion Plating.
A Marion area resident for most of his life, he is survived by 3 sons; John (Beverly) Sparks of Coweta, Okla., Lee (Evelyn) Sparks of Waterloo, Oh., and Phillip(Bonnie Miley-Sparks) Sparks of Marion, 4 daughters; Helen (Tom) Mathys of Marion, Mary (Bruce) Imbody of New Bloomington, Kathy (Ron Maurer) Masters of New Philadelphia, OH, and Betty (Billy) Watson of San Antonio, Tx., a brother; Arnold Sparks of Marion, 5 sisters; Edna Addis of Marion, Edith Mitchell of Houston, Tx., Nannabelle Moore of Marion, Marge Slane of Marion, and Lillian Mitchell of Marion, 25 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren, and a son-in-law; Charles Clere of Broken Arrow, Okla.
Clyde was preceded in death by a son; Junior Ray Sparks, 2 daughters; Anna Mae Clere and Kimberly Kay Sparks, along with 4 brothers; Morton, Sherman, Oakley, & George Sparks.
The funeral service will be held in the Family Life Church, 582 Lee St., Marion on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. with burial to follow in the Marion Cemetery. Presiding over the service will be Pastors Dan Toney and Charles Clere. Friends may call at the Boyd-Born Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Contributions in Clyde's name may be made to the American Cancer Society for cancer research. Military honors will be provided by the Marion County Veterans Council.