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Fred T. Sparks
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1896
Milam County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 1941
El Paso
El Paso County
Texas, USA

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According to my dad, Fred was my grandfather's best friend most of their lives.

Fred married Lillie Mae DENMAN on 11 Feb 1917 in Robertson County, Texas. They had four children and were, apparently divorced 1925-1933. Lillie married Festus Benton BURKS on 12 Apr 1933 in Cameron, Milam County, Texas.

According to his death certificate, Fred was married at the time of his death. I have not found a marriage record. However, the 1940 El Paso County, Texas Census gives his wife's name as Micaela Sparks. A step-daughter, Elizabeth BROWN, was also enumerated with Fred's household in 1940.

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"El Paso Times"
El Paso, El Paso, TX
Monday, 14 July 1941
(page 1)

One Killed, Nine Injured In Mishaps

Trains were involved in three week end accidents resulting in the death of one man and injuries to five others, as a total of nine persons suffered injuries ranging from scratches to skull fractures in train and automobile mishaps was recorded by City and County police Sunday.

The dead man, Fred T. Sparks, 44 of 715 North Brown Street was a car inspector for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was decapitated by a train near the Octavia Street crossing late Saturday,police said. How the man happened to fall under the train has not been determined, officers reported. W. I. Kobold, T. and N. O. fireman on a passing train, saw the body dragging from the train being moved by a switch engine in the railroad yards, police said. The body was removed to Kastner and Maxon where funeral arrangements were still pending Sunday night.

PASSENGER TRAIN HITS CAR IN VALLEY
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NOTE: The news article deals with three train incidents, the other two not related to Mr. Sparks. The end of the article deals with a Santa Fe passenger train hitting a car in the upper valley, about 15 miles or more from the S.P. yards. There were injuries there, but no deaths.

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"El Paso Times"
El Paso, El Paso, TX
Tuesday, 15 July 1941
(page 5)

Train Victim's Funeral To Be Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Fred T. Sparks, 44, of 715 North Brown Street, who was crushed to death beneath the wheels of a freight train at the Octavia Street crossing Saturday night, will be held in the Kaster and Maxon chapel at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Rev. Roy S. Hollemon {?} officiating.

Pallbearers will be Jim Jackson, H. G. Randell, Frank Bittieles, T. H. Tipton, , J. M. Lopez, and O. E. Perkins.

NOTE: Fred's death certificate gives Evergreen Cemetery as place of burial. I'm still trying to determine which Evergreen Cemetery.

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Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Price Sparks (1862 - 1942)
  Martha I. Hargett Sparks (1868 - 1950)
 
 Spouse:
  Lillie Mae Burks (1898 - 1976)
 
 Children:
  Ethel Laverah Sparks (1919 - 1922)*
 
 Sibling:
  Edna Lorine Sparks Parker (1894 - 1967)*
  Fred T. Sparks (1896 - 1941)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Janice Bullock
Record added: Dec 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101833765
 


- Janice Bullock
 Added: Dec. 6, 2012
 
 
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