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Our beloved husband, "Pop" and Daddy, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather, Charles Hardie Sparks Jr. 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 10, 2003.

Charlie was born October 16, 1915 in Canton, NC to Charles and Flora Sparks. Married Clem (Red) Shingleton on Dec. 25, 1936.

Charlie's greatest pride was being with his family and he was proud to support them by his chosen profession of Master Electrician. Being a loyal member of the IBEW Electrical Union Local #354 for over 55 years he was able to travel to many different states. Charlie and Clem moved from Virginia with their family to Salt Lake City in 1948 where through his hard work and dedication over the years, his electrical skills were sought after by many different companies. When he was 58 years old he decided to take up flying and soon received his pilots license. He enjoyed flying his own plane and found much joy in taking people for rides. Charlie especially loved fishing and spent many happy hours at Strawberry Reservoir. He loved sports, particularly boxing and basketball and one of the happiest times in his life was coaching the boys basketball team in Nibley Park Ward. He loved spending time with his family and we will miss him very much.

Survived by his wife, Clem, daughter Pat Sparks Held, son, Chuck (Lorraine) Sparks and daughter Cheryl (David) Lloyd. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, seven great-grand-children and four great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Cyndi Taylor.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 12:00 Noon at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, where friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment: Mt. View Memorial Cemetery, 3107 East 7800 South. Funeral Directors: The Holbrook Mortuary.