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Ralph C. Sparks

Ralph C. Sparks

Ralph C. Sparks, 94, of Hendersonville, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Beystone Health and Rehabilitation.

A native of Providence, R.I., he was born to the late Earl C. Sparks, Sr. and Lillian C. Sparks. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Doris A. Sparks.

He received his Journeyman's Certificate in tool and dye making and an associate's degree in mechanical engineering. He served his country in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Manhattan Project Special Engineering Division. He worked for Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing, Wilcox and Gibbs, and Westchester Community College where he retired as a professor.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville, Gem & Mineral club and the Photography club. He also volunteered at Blue Ridge Community College taking courses so he could use and repair their equipment, and Habitat for Humanity. He was proud of the "Southwest Book Award" he received for his published book, "TWILIGHT TIME: A Soldier's Role in the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos." He enjoyed silver smithing, making jewelry, and rock hounding.


He is survived by his spouse Margaret Sparks; his four daughters; Penny Tate, Pat Mason, Barb Hamlin, and Debbie Campbell; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, several brothers and sisters in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville with Reverend Dan Martin officiating

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Hendersonville First United Methodist Church Music or Solace fund.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.