Carole Sue “Sparks” Thomas, age 73, of Etowah, TN went to be with her heavenly father on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at a local facility. She had suffered from vascular dementia for many years and in 2016, she suffered a series of crippling strokes. Our hearts are broken but we know she has joined her heavenly family and one day God will call us home to join her.
Carole grew up in a small rural community of Holton, Indiana. She attended Holton High School where she graduated Valedictorian of her class. After graduation, she moved to Rome, Georgia to attend Berry College. There she met Leon and history was made. Their love grew and they were married in Dearborn Heights, Michigan in 1965. She finished her education, graduating from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia in 1982.
Carole was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on November 16, 1944, to Edward and Ruth McCarroll Sparks who preceded her in death. A sister Judy Lyn Sparks; two brothers, Marion and Kenneth Sparks also preceded her in death.
She was a member of North Etowah Baptist Church and a member of Alexander Keith Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed her toy poodle, Choco; reading, crocheting, cooking and most of all, spending time with her family. The last few years, she enjoying tracing back her family roots and connecting with distant relatives.
Survivors include her loving husband of 53 years, Leon Thomas; two sons, Jeffrey Dean (Veliska) Thomas of Athens, and Jonathan Eugene Thomas of Georgia; five granddaughters, Amanda Dennis, Amber and Alesha Thomas, Sarah and another granddaughter is being expected (Caroline Elizabeth Thomas); one great granddaughter, Selena Thomas; and one brother, Michael Sparks of Georgia. Also there are many uncles, cousins, and friends surviving.
The family would like to send a sincere thanks to Carole’s classmates from Holton High School, who never forgot her and showered cards and calls to show their love and concern for her. They are a very special group of people.
Carole’s wishes were to be cremated, therefore no formal services will be held.
A private burial will be held at a later date in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Athens, TN.
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Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Etowah is in charge of the arrangements.