Born August 1, 1919, at Mallory, he was a son of the late Waits and Violente Walls Sparks. Also preceding him in death was his wife, Catherine Johnson Sparks; one son, Charles Fred Sparks; one sister, Trubi Clark, and seven brothers, Norville, Ernest, Hillie, Bill, Herman, Jack and Donald Sparks.
Buster was a coal miner, formerly employed with Island Creek Coal Company for 40 years. He was a member of the UMWA District 17 and was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Africa and Italy. Buster was a member of the Big Spring Missionary Baptist Church for over 60 years, where he had served as Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent. He enjoyed fishing and being Papaw Bus to all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory include three daughters, Bernie Sims of Man, Marilyn Carico of Beckley and Nancy (Michael) Simpson of Mooresville, N.C.; four grandchildren, Traci (Tad) Tomblin of Charleston, Amy (Jay) Thompson of Mooresville, N.C., Kristi (Brian) Helmer of Beckley and Buster Carico of Morgantown; five great-grandchildren, Dylan and Trevor Thompson, Nikolas and Natali Tomblin and Kaiden Helmer; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Jay Thompson, Tad Tomblin, Brian Helmer, Buster Carico, Michael Simpson and Eddie Paynter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Lusk, Larry Adams, and Charlie Santrock.
Condolences may be left at www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com
Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home of Man is in charge of the arrangements.