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Funeral services for Mr. Justin Wayne Farr, age 22, of Berry, were held Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 6 p.m., from Nelson
Funeral Home. The Rev. Ron Collett and the Rev. Allen Wiggins officiated. He died March 28 in Tuscaloosa County.

He is survived by his fiancé, Lauren Barnett; sisters, Skylinn Farr of Fayette, Elizabeth Farr of Berry and Shay Swartz of
Berry; brothers, Dean Michael Sadler of Missouri, Josh Pendley of Berry, Bubba Bonner of Berry and Tyree Suggs of
Berry; mother, Chasity Farr of Berry; father, Steven Miller of Berry; grandparents, Marsha Rogers, Susan Daniel, and
Peggy Farr; nieces and nephews, Christian Jenkins, Zoe Champion, and Emurie Suggs; and numerous friends, uncles and

Pallbearers were Josh Pendley, Daniel Bonner, Richard Hogland, Curtis Leslie, Steve Palmer, Joey Harkins, and
Christian Jenkins.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.




Mr. Robert Gaylon “Bobby” Musgrove, age 47, of Fayette, died Saturday, April 4, 2015, at his residence. A private
graveside service was held Monday, April 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. from Hopewell Cemetery.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.




Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Raper, age 52, of Fayette, will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 2 p.m., from Nelson
Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. John Kearns and
Superintendent Jim Burkhalter will officiate. Mrs. Raper died Sunday, April 5 at Hospice of West Alabama.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.



Mrs. Relmary Ratajski, age 52, of Fayette, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at her residence. The family had a visitation
on Saturday, April 4, at Nelson Funeral Home. No formal services were held.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.




Wednesday evening, March 25, 2015 Rev. Kenneth Sparks, Sr. finished his journey on earth, and went to heaven to
claim his reward. Kenneth Sparks, Sr. entered this life on March 16, 1955 to the late Rev. W. J. Sparks and Sister Vola
Espy Sparks.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 30, 2015, at 2 pm., from Unity Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Burial
followed in the Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by both parents; three brothers, Luther George, Charles Jackson and Willie Earle Sparks, Sr.
and his father-in-law, Archie Lee Wilson.

He accepted Christ at an early age and united with Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of his
grandfather, the Rev. L. W. Sparks. He graduated from FCHS in 1973 and joined the U. S. Army where he received an
Honorable Discharge. On January 15, 1977, he married his high school sweetheart, Carrie Jean Wilson Sparks, a loving
and devoted wife of 38 years. Together they had five beautiful children.

In 1986 he accepted his calling to preach the gospel. He began his pastoral duties at Shady Grove M. B. Church in
Sipsey, Alabama and was there for 12 years as well as Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Fayette. Later on he accepted the
pastorship of his father’s church, Unity Grove M. B. Church in Fayette. After serving at Unity Grove, the Lord moved him
to Mt. Carmel in Tuscaloosa, where under his leadership they built a church to further serve the Lord.

He resided in the Newtonville Community for the past 37 years. He was a good neighbor and a devoted friend. He
tirelessly transported fellow clergymen and was an accomplished barber. His smile and upbeat spirit will be deeply
missed. Our hope in the Christian faith is for the resurrection, therefore with heavy hearts we release him in faith that we
will see him again with a brand new body free of the pain and cares of this world.

He leaves to cherish one daughter, Kymberly Sparks; sons, Kenneth (Mary) Sparks, Jr., Kerry Sparks, Kelsey Sparks,
Kenderick Sparks; 12 grandchildren, Kenyele, Kerieq, Kaleb, Katerian, Atwone, Sylas, Jaykob, Kerrigan, Charity, Carson,
Kelsey Leigh and Brooklyn. He had nine sisters: Rillia Jean (Charlie) Humphrey, Eleanor (William) McCollum, Eardeal
(Priamus, deceased) McCollum, Mary Lou (Weldon) Bishop, Linda Faye (Bobby) Savage, Wanda Gail Stowe, Sonja
Sparks, Cassandra (Lloyd) Nathan, Renea (Demetrius) Smith; three brothers, Robert (Yvonne) Sparks, L. G. (Timmea)
Sparks, Rev. David (Belinda) Sparks; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He became more than a brother-in-law to Donald (Debrah) Gibson, Sarah Nell (Carl) Sumler, Tommy Wilson, Ruth
(Corwin) Sumner, Rhonda (Clement) Wilson-Dikoko, Archie Lee Wilson, Jr., Betty (Robert) Banks. To also cherish his
beautiful memory is his dear mother-in-law, Mrs. Arlelia Wilson who could always call on him from “across the path”.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.



Funeral services for Mrs. Peggy Warren, age 73, of Bankston, were held Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 6 p.m., from Nelson
Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Rehobeth Baptist Church Cemetery. Sister Amy Lowery officiated. Mrs. Warren
died Monday, March 30 at her residence.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.




Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Nell Watkins, age 81, of Kennedy, were held Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 3 p.m., at
Norwood Chapel. The Rev. Willie Ragsdale officiated. Burial followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Watkins
died Saturday, March 28 at Hospice of West Alabama.

Norwood Chapel of Fayette directed.