Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home

1490 B Street, Merced, CA


Lloyd Franklin Sparks

October 26, 1917September 24, 2019

Lloyd Franklin Sparks was born on October 26, 1917 and passed away on September 24, 2019.


  • Graveside Service Friday, October 4, 2019


Lloyd Franklin Sparks

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Mike Smith

October 6, 2019

Lloyd and my dad served under Gen. Patton in WWII in Europe. During one visit Lloyd showed me his Silver Star, and maps where his tank battalion had gone. When compared with my dad's map, it was evident that Lloyd helped spearhead my dad's 104 Division. At his age, Lloyd had a fantastic memory. One visit we remembered to have a mini tape recorder to capture memories. Lloyd showed me a book "The Armored Fist" where he is mentioned. I later sent him the book "A Tank Gunner's Story" where Lloyd is mentioned several times. Lloyd was seldom at a loss for words, and I always enjoyed our visits and talking with him. The picture below was taken at his 100th birthday with my daughter.