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Memphis Funeral Home

5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN

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Joan Sparks

July 23, 1947June 25, 2020
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Joan Sparks, 72, of Memphis, TN, passed away June 25, 2020. She was born to the late Shannon Williams and Billie Pike Williams on July 23, 1947, in Memphis, Tennessee. Joan graduated from Messick High School and received her Cosmetology license from Enris Beauty School in 1977.

Joan is survived by her two sons: David Sparks, of Mattoon, IL and Tommy Sparks of Portland, OR. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Christopher, Alysa, Stephanie and Hayli and her longtime caretaker Melanie Creak. Joan was predeceased by her loving partner Charlotte Chambers in 2001.

Joan was an accomplished cosmetology educator, teaching and touching lives for over 30 years. In 1978 Joan became an educator in her chosen field of cosmetology, which was her lifelong passion. She followed her teaching passion and became the co-owner of Plaza Beauty School with her life partner Charlie Chambers, where she touched so many lives.

Joan was immensely proud of her family, loved times with family and friends and having her puppies around. She leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

The memorial ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1st at The Memphis Funeral Home with a visitation at 1 p.m. The family requests that people make donations to OutMemphis in lieu of flowers.

  • FAMILY

  • Shannon & Billie Pike Williams, Parents (deceased)
  • David Sparks, Son
  • Tommy Sparks, Son
  • Christopher, Grandchild
  • Alysa, Grandchild
  • Stephanie, Grandchild
  • Hayli, Grandchild
  • Melanie Creak, Longtime Caretaker
  • Charlotte Chambers, Loving Partner (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • OutMemphis

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Memorial Ceremony

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Memories

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Beatrice BB Dillard

July 1, 2020

Dear Family I am so sorry I could not come to Service due to illness Joanie and I grew up together . The Girl loved to dance and we went to all the dances at Humes High. She spent alot of time at my house growing up while her Mother worked as a single parent We we like sister . She is in my heart
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Barbara Watts

July 1, 2020

There are not enough words to share what the last 40 plus years have meant to me and so many others. We’ve shared the good ,the bad ,happiness, sadness, heart break and happiness. We’ve shared secrets, loss of those we’ve loved and the happiness of the new day. Every day as I look across the street at the Tree House I think to myself if only those walls could talk and place that experience on film. What a movie that would make. You’re so dear to me my friend and I know that you’re at peace today and where you want to be. Till we meet again

Lorie Painter

June 30, 2020

Sweet lady!! You gave so much to everyone who loved you!! Never once thinking of yourself!! Your sparkling green eyes lit every room you graced!! You, Joan are and always have been an angel!! I’m so grateful to have been someone so blessed to have known you!! I am eternally grateful that I was blessed to have spent precious time with you!! I’ll love you always.... always have... always will!!!
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Alysa Sparks

June 30, 2020

Growing up with Nana’s never ending love, light, and warmth makes losing her one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with in my life. Those who knew her well knew she never let the family eat without holding hands and a long prayer thanking Jesus for us all being together first. She adored having her grand babies around, and it truly tickled her to watch us grow and tease us as best as she could along the way. No matter what was happening Nana was always a beacon of happiness, love, and acceptance for all who she met. For her grand babies she was an invincible woman who always had the answers and knew how to turn a cry into a laugh within seconds. I'm beyond grateful that my life was blessed enough to have her as mine and I know we all have one heck of a guardian angel watching over us now.

Hayli Sparks

June 30, 2020

Nana always wanted to spend time with the people she loved. One of the last memories I have with her is watching the only star trek movie I have ever watched (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home). She absolutely loved the movie and was super excited to show it to me. I'll always remember the sincerity of her smiles, hugs and words.

Anna White

June 29, 2020

Ms. Sparks taught me how to back comb like a pro, and how to do a bee hive even though we would probably never need to do one for a client. She was warm, welcoming and patient. She taught us to be PHDs. Professional Hair Dressers; take pride and respect for what we do and demand others do the same. “We are educated professionals” she said, “and most of our clients will tell us way more than they will ever tell their doctors.” She will be greatly missed physically, but in spirit she will always be present.

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Biography

Joan Sparks, 72, of Memphis, TN, passed away June 25, 2020. She was born to the late Shannon Williams and Billie Pike Williams on July 23, 1947, in Memphis, Tennessee. Joan graduated from Messick High School and received her Cosmetology license from Enris Beauty School in 1977.

Joan is survived by her two sons: David Sparks, of Mattoon, IL and Tommy Sparks of Portland, OR. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Christopher, Alysa, Stephanie and Hayli and her longtime caretaker Melanie Creak. Joan was predeceased by her loving partner Charlotte Chambers in 2001.

Joan was an accomplished cosmetology educator, teaching and touching lives for over 30 years. In 1978 Joan became an educator in her chosen field of cosmetology, which was her lifelong passion. She followed her teaching passion and became the co-owner of Plaza Beauty School with her life partner Charlie Chambers, where she touched so many lives.

Joan was immensely proud of her family, loved times with family and friends and having her puppies around. She leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

The memorial ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1st at The Memphis Funeral Home with a visitation at 1 p.m. The family requests that people make donations to OutMemphis in lieu of flowers.