Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
Pearl "Sparky" Spurlock
Learn about removing the ads from this memorial...
Birth: Aug. 6, 1883, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1945
Taney County
Missouri, USA



Pearl was WIFE to
HUSBAND - G. F. Spurlock
/ buried nearby
DOD - 1936


She was a 'One-Woman Tour Guide'
in the Ozarks for the
visiting tourists!


The couple moved to the Ozarks
during WWI [1914-1918] from Bethany, Mo.
They purchased a small rock building
and converted it into a business
structure and started the 'only' garage
in Branson, Mo.

Since Pearl had nothing to keep her at
home, she spent most of her time at the
garage helping her husband.

They had a couple of Ford taxis which
they used to make long drives over very
poor, rock-strewn roadways in the rustic
region. Pearl would give tours to the area
visitors and babble to the folks about the
history and features and all the fun things
to do in the Ozarks!

The popularity of the novel
(by author, Harold Bell Wright)
was renewed in 1919 when a
silent film recounting the
story was released.
A new stream of tourists
were chauffeured through
Shepherd of the Hills Country by
the enterprising taxi-driver
named Pearl "Sparky" Spurlock.

Pearl Spurlock, dressed in simple
cotton calico and puffing a
corncob pipe, enthusiastically
wove the story of the Ozarks -
slipping in tidbits about the plants,
animals and how the area was like
'Heaven-On-Earth' to countless
passengers. She eventually wrote a
book in 1936 recounting the stories,
personalities and details of the area.
It was titled:


Pearl was very community-minded and
tender hearted towards her neighbors
and 'doing-the-right-thing' at all times.

Then, J. K. Ross and Ike Morrill died.
(They were two pioneer gentleman -
who had inspired author Harold Bell Wright
- and were fashioned into fictional
characters in the Wright's book -
'The Shepherd Of The Hills'.)
Pearl Spurlock rallyed the residents to
donate funds for two handsome tombstones.
She raised $500.00 - a sizeable amount
allowing each grave to be marked with a
large, upright granite headstone.


"Nothing that was worthy in the past
no truth or gooodness
realized by man (or woman)ever dies,
or can die."

Author: Thomas Carlyle


This biography is
humbly presented by
Audrey Burtrum-Stanley / Arkansas

Family links: 
  G. F. Spurlock (____ - 1936)
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Someone Who Cares...
Record added: Oct 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42878626
Pearl Sparky Spurlock
Added by: NJBrewer
Pearl Sparky Spurlock
Added by: NJBrewer
Pearl Sparky Spurlock
Added by: NJBrewer
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Sarah Capps
 Added: Sep. 12, 2016

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service