OBITUARY

Robert "Eugene" Sparks

September 28, 1958April 22, 2021
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Robert Eugene Sparks, or Eugene to his family and friends, was born on September 28th, 1958 in Tahlequah, Ok, the son of Robert and Alma May (Fears) Sparks. He was raised with two brothers and two sisters, Phyllis, Karen, Michael, and Don. He attended school in Sallisaw, Ok and then decided to move to Tahlequah to begin his lifelong career at NSU as the night supervisor for the Sanitation Technicians. Eugene loved his job, and he was the kindest person to speak words of encouragement, or sometimes just say “Hi” to someone that needed to hear it. When the work was done, now it was time to do some serious fishing and hunting. He would hunt for animals like quail, deer, rabbits, ducks and always loved a day spent fishing. Fishing for Eugene was a competitors sport, and the inability to reel in the big one would make his sense of humor fade fast. He enjoyed working on small engines like lawnmowers and the occasional odd car engines. This country boy loved the view of sunrise from his own front porch. He was normally in the company of his dog and getting ready to go out and do a little gardening, he raised the most beautiful gardens. Eugene was blessed with a great sense of humor and the ability to tell a story for every occasion. When he felt the need to laugh and joke to the masses, he liked an evening at the casino. His family and friends were very special to Eugene. He never married and raised a family but was a mentor to many kids. He taught them how to fish and about life. He thought they were the best people in town. His health began to fade, but you would never have known it. He continued working and carried on like he still had so many things to do. He passed from this life on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 surrounded by friends and family. He was 62 years old.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Alta May Fears and his paternal grandparents, Robert and Ora (Owens) Sparks. He is also preceded in death by his two special uncles Roy Sparks and Cletus Fears.

Funeral services for Robert “Eugene” Sparks will be held on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Reed-Culver Funeral Home with Pastor Chip Hinds officiating. Pallbearers for Eugene include Michael Wallace, Donald Wallace, Sandy Fears, Ken Fears, Bert Osburn, and Leon Sparks. Honorary pallbearers include Austin Guy, Cory Guy, Eslie Jordan, Jesse Dallis, Mathew Sparks, Tucker Friend, Toby Friend, Kaden Sparks, Kale Sparks, and John Stanley. His family will have a visitation on Monday, April 26th, 2021 beginning at 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel. Eugene will be laid to rest at Price Cemetery in Tahlequah, Ok. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Michael Wallace
  • Donald Wallace
  • Sandy Fears
  • Ken Fears
  • Bert Osburn
  • Leon Sparks
  • Austin Guy, Honorary
  • Cory Guy, Honorary
  • Eslie Jordan, Honorary
  • Jesse Dallis, Honorary
  • Matthew Sparks, Honorary
  • Tucker Friend, Honorary
  • Toby Friend, Honorary
  • Kaden Sparks, Honorary
  • Kale Sparks, Honorary
  • John Stanley, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Memories

Robert "Eugene" Sparks

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Jerry Adsit

April 26, 2021

Eugene was definitely one of a kind. Maybe a cross between Will Rogers and Grizzly Adams. He never knew a stranger, but he was a good judge of character, and he could tell right away if you were a keeper or a throw-back. He reminded me of a simpler time, when a man’s words meant something, and his actions meant even more.
He so dearly loved his family and traipsing all around these parts through the woods, valleys, and streams. He would have made an awesome hunting and fishing guide for this area. Eugene always knew where the deer were hiding and the fish were biting. And his eyes would light up when he talked about helping a youngster bring in a huge crappie or bag the big one. He was a child at heart trapped in a mountain man’s body… He will truly be missed.
He must have crammed about three lifetimes in the short span that he was here with us, because he burned the candle an both ends. But that’s what we loved about him the most… he always lived life to the fullest and put others first. NSU will not be the same again without Eugene’s warm, caring heart, and words of encouragement.

Karen Barnes

April 25, 2021

Brother you will be missed by many.... I didnt see you often but we loved each other ....i remember you and Phyllis putting me on a tree sapling once and shooting me up in the air broke my tail bone....we had a blast as kids when we would go frog gigging mom trying to cook the frog legs...you teaching a cow to let you ride it like a horse...your pet squirl that ate all the phone wires and yes as someone mentioned your pet crow...not many things as animals you didnt have as a pet....you was amazing person and god could have never put another persin on this earth as pure as you was....you was a very special person you touched many lifes......god did bkess you and you blessed many...now you go fuss at phyllis like you would gere i love you brother...tell we see each other again

Don Wallace

April 25, 2021

Heidi Stanley- Wilder

April 25, 2021

Eugene has always been a good family friend. I always enjoyed seeing Eugene. He always had a story to tell. When I was little I remember him always telling about his crow Bubba. He was so proud of that crow. He loved wildlife and he love to fish and hunt. He knew how to talk to the animals in his own special way. Eugene always been like a “Big Brother” to everybody in the community especially the teenagers and preteens. He would take them into his hand and take them fishing and hunting on his days off. He’s always been in my kids life but he became like “Big Brother” before I had became remarried to my second husband and he was a older male figure in my boys Tucker and Toby to help my dad to look out for them and teach man stuff. I remember the first time he seen my little girl Rylie he said she looks like a cabbage patch. He always wanted to see people smile. He always called me Heidi ho. He would always say what are you doin heidi ho and I would laugh. My boys stayed with “Uncle” Eugene about every weekend. On Eugene’s vacations I never seen hardly. They loved his funny and serious stories, teachings, and just fishing with Eugene. Earlier Tucker told his pawpaw I want to go fishing in Eugene’s spot. He will be missed by so many. I know he’s catching the biggest fish with his daddy in heaven.

Sally Stanley

April 24, 2021

Eugene, you were quite the character, that crazy, loud laugh. My grandsons, Tucker and Toby, thought the world of you. They and their Pawpaw spent many hours and days fishing with you and when Pawpaw didn’t feel like going you took the boys anyway. They loved fishing with you, listening to your stories, your “Eugene Religion” and “Eugene Politics”. They will miss you so much. Tucker and Toby both said you never said goodbye when leaving them or talking on the phone. You always said “Later.” Well the boys said see you later. Fly high to that next fishing hole.

Sherri Taylor

April 24, 2021

I worked with Eugene at NSU. He always met me with that smile and his laugh. He used to give me a hard time all the time. He never met a stranger. He loved to fish and would always say he could outfish me anyday..so the bet was on!! We was supposed to go fishing when it got warmer for the big fish off!! I guess he can save me a spot on that big lake or river...I am truly going to miss you my friend. You were definitely one of a kind. I am going to miss your smile your laughter and your silly self. I am going to miss honking at you and scaring you. Or teasing you about having to lock up my building or bringing me suppplies...I could always count on you to have a good laugh with...May you finally OUTFISH me now and catch that big ol ' catfish you always talked about..May you finally shoot that big ol' buck that got away that one time. May you finally be at peace.. You will always have a place in my heart my friend...I will always cherish our friendship and time we had working together.YOU WILL BE MISSED ALWAYS DEAR FRIEND ❤❤❤💔💔💔

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