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Somerset County Herald and Taunton Courier Saturday 22 Apr 1939
Page 8 Column 2
TRULL CHORISTER FOR 32 YEARS
DEATH OF MR. G. SPARKES
LOSS TO THE CHURCH AND PARISH
Mr. George SPARKES, of 6, Fair View-terrace, Trull, who had been a highly esteemed figure in the parochial life for many years, died at the Taunton and Somerset Hospital, on Sunday, following a short illness and an operation. He was 68 years of age.
Mr. SPARKES was a native of Morebath, Devon, but had lived at Trull for nearly half-a-century. He was a staunch Churchman and for 32 years, up to the time of his death, he was a member of the choir. He set an example of devotion to duty by his regular attendance and faithful service throughout this long period. He was for some years a member of the Parochial Church Council. He was formerly the caretaker and afterwards the secretary of the Trull Village Club, and he had served on the Committee of the now defunct Trull Allotments' Association.
Mr. SPARKES had been employed as gardener by the Hon. Mrs. VANSITTART of Hovelands Lodge, Trull-road, Taunton, for the past 14 years.
They sympathy of a wide circle of friends has been expressed with the widow, two sons – Mr. Bert SPARKES, the well-known Taunton singer, and Mr. Wilfred SPARKES (Trull) – and two daughters, Mrs. Bert FOURACRE (Eastbrook, Trull) and Mrs. H. J. RICHARDS, Taunton.
The funeral took place at Trull, on Thursday afternoon, the body having rested in the Parish Church since the previous evening. The Vicar, the Rev. M. L. WINTERTON, officiated and the choir led the singing. The service included Psalm 23 and the hymns, “The strife is o'er” and “The Saints of God.”
Before the service the Organist, Mr. L. E. WHEELER, played “O rest in the Lord” and “Cast thy burden upon the Lord” (Mendelssohn's “Elijah”). After the service he played “Blest are the departed” (Spohr).
The principal mourners were:- Mrs. SPARKES (widow), Mr. and Mrs. Bert SPARKES (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. Wilfred SPARKES (son), Mr. and Mrs. FOURACRE and Mr. and Mrs. RICHARDS (sons-in-law and daughters), Mr. Noah SPARKES (brother), and Mrs. Susan BURROWS (sister), (sister). <sic>
Friends present in the church and at the graveside included Mr. W. J. JENKINS (representing the Parochial Church Council), Mr T. HARRIS (churchwarden) and Mrs. HARRIS, Miss VANSITTART, Mr. C. DAY, Mr. J. ACREMAN, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. DOBLE?, Mr. and Mrs. W. OAKE, Mrs. C. PRING, Mrs. Seymour HEWETT, Mrs. W. MULLINS, Mrs. L. AMBLIN, Mrs. H. SHIRE, Mrs. S. FOURACRE, Mrs. A. SHIRE, Miss E. HORLER, Miss V. SHIRE, Miss CHARD, Mrs W. COBBINS, Mrs. SEWARD, Mrs. E. PHILLPS, Mrs. J. DESAVE, Mrs. F. MILTON, Mrs. W. COLLARD, Mrs. F. TRUMP, Mrs. A. OATEN, Mrs. W. LOCK, Mrs. C. DOBLE, Mrs. A. DOBLE, Mrs. C. H. LOCK, and Miss F. FERRIS.
Floral tributes were sent by the following:- His sorrowing wife and children; Fred; Sister-in-law and niece, Nora; Nieces and nephews of the DYER family; Mrs. and Miss SEWARD; Messrs. G. and F. DAY; Mr. and Mrs. S. FOURACRE and Mr. PAYNE, Dipford; Little Gordon FOURACRE; Jim, Kitty, Marg, and Les DUNSTER; His workmates, Bert, Fred, Sid and Walt; Mrs. Stanley SHIRE and family; Mr. and Mrs. HORLER and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. N. RICHARDS and family; Claude and Viv; L. FERRIS; His cousins, Nellie, Emily; Louie, Florrie, and Bill; Mrs. WEAVER, Mabel, and John, Hilda, and Billy; The Vicar and fellow choristers of Trull Parish Church; H. Ivor PARSLEY, Welcroft, Batts Park; Mr. and Mrs. J. CHURCHILL, Harry and Ethel; The staff, Hovelands Lodge; Noah and Edie, Nellie RANDALL and Norman; Peggy, George, Eileen, and Gran PARSONS; Ethel; Mr. and Mrs. SMITHERAM and boys; Tenants of 6, 7, 11, and 12 Eastbrook; Mrs. HUTCHINGS and family; Mrs. Charles VANSITTART and the Misses VANSITART; Trull Parochial Church Council; Mr. and Mrs. W. OAKE and Mr. and Mrs. TOOZE; Cousin Dennis and family; Captain and Mrs. Ronald S. J. WIGRAM, Kibbear House, Trull; All the neighbours of Fair View-terrace, Trull; R. J. DOBLE and family; Alf and Nan; Harry and Kate; Sister Susan and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. COLLARD, Dolly, Lorna, and Maurice; Mr. and Mrs. TROTT.
The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mr. R. J. DOBLE, of Trull.
Mrs. SPARKES and family wish to tender their thanks for expressions of sympathy received in their bereavement and for flowers sent at the funeral; and also to the staff at the Taunton and Somerset Hospital for their kind attention.
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<NOTES: George SPARKS son of Samuel SPARKS, married Clara SUMMERHAYES
Mrs FOURACRE is Vera Evelyn SPARKS daughter of George SPARKS and Clara SUMMERHAYS, married Arthur Henry or Bert FOURACRE
Mr FOURACRE is Arthur Henry or Bert FOURACRE son of James Henry FOURACRE and Julia HEMBROW, married Vera Evelyn SPARKS>