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PULLEN, Lena Sparkman (1959)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

Friends Mourn Passing of Mrs. Lena Pullen; Final Rites Held Monday

Mrs. Lena Sparkman Pullen, one of Burgaw most loved residents, died Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. F. Davis, Sr., in Burgaw.

A native of Rocky Point, she was born October 19, 1877 the daughter of the late Charles and Ella Sparkman.  She was the widow of E. T. Pullen, Sr., who died in March of this year.  They were married fifty-nine years ago.

Mrs. Pullen was one of the oldest members of the Burgaw Methodist Church.  She organized and was a charter member of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service of her Church.  She was a strong member of the Pender Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  She was active in many phases of civic life during her past years and was known for her love and interest in beautification of gardens.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 11 o’clock from the Burgaw Methodist Church, with the Revs. C. F. Grill and P. L. Clark officiating. Burial followed in the Burgaw Cemetery.  Her husband was buried on the same day and hour just six months ago.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. C. F. Davis, Sr., of Burgaw, and Mrs. J. M. Pringle of Fayetteville; two sons, E. T., Jr., of Winston-Salem, and C. T. of Burgaw; three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Mathis and Mrs. Eloise Johnson, both of Wilmington, and Mrs. Mary Bell Pearsall of Rocky Point; one brother, John Thomas Sparkman of Savannah, Georgia; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Source: The Pender Chronicle, Burgaw, NC, September 30, 1959

SPARKMAN, Frederick (1959)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall 

Pender Chronicle, Burgaw, NC, June 17, 1959  

Funeral Services for F. Sparkman at Rocky Point 

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Rocky Point Presbyterian Church for Frederick Sparkman, of Rocky Point, 58, who died at his home Friday after a brief illness. Burial was in Burgaw Cemetery. 

He was the son of the late Ella Nixon and Charles N. Sparkman

He is survived by his wife, Bennie Sidbury Sparkman; three children, Frederick J. and Tilden of Rocky Point, and Mrs. Gerald L. Beaverson of Jacksonville; four sisters, Mrs. E. T. Pullen of Burgaw, Mrs. W. W. Pearsall of Fayetteville, Mrs. C. N. Mathis, Sr. and Mrs. A. T. Johnson of Wilmington; and one brother, John Thomas Sparkman of Savannah, Ga.; and two grandchildren.  

Pallbearers were R. L. Wright, Elgin Langston, R. L. Batts, John R. Armstrong, John W. James, and Everett Durham

Honorary pallbearers were Arnold Rhodes, James Hayes, John Best, Dr. Ivey Taylor, Sparkman Sidbury, Dr. John Dees, George Lucas, R. Von Biberstein, Dr. N. C. Wolfe, Norman Batts, and the Elders and Deacons of the Rocky Point Presbyterian Church.

SPARKMAN, Ella Vance Nixon (1935)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall 

Ella Vance Nixon Sparkman 

Died – Mrs. Ella D. Sparkman, 76, died at her home here at 1 o’clock this morning after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock by the Rev. N. B. Johnson, pastor of the Burgaw Methodist Church, at the grave side in Burgaw Cemetery. Mrs. Sparkman is survived by eight children, Mrs. E. T. Pullen, of Burgaw, C. F. Sparkman of Columbus, Ga., Mrs. C. L. Mathis of Wilmington, Mrs. M. J. Johnson of Florence; T. C. Sparkman of Rocky Point and J. T. Sparkman of Sanford, Fla.; one brother, J. A. Nixon of Topsail, and one sister, Miss Mary Nixon of Topsail. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. R. J. Williams of Rocky Point, Dr. W. I. Taylor, J. R. Bannerman, J. F. Jarman, Thomas Hayes, W. W. Miller, C. F. Pearsall, W. A. Brown, John Armstrong and Arnold Rhodes. Active: Charles Pullen, William Pearsall, Jr., James Sparkman, Malcolm Sparkman, D. D. Sparkman, Charles Sparkman and Thomas Sidbury

Source: Wilmington Star, 10 Sep 1935 

Note: Ella Vance Nixon Sparkman was the daughter of David James Nixon and Mary Catherine Shepard. Ella was born on 4 Apr 1859 in Topsail Township, New Hanover Co, (now Pender), NC. Ella Vance Nixon and Charles Nixon Sparkman were married on 4 Nov 1875 at the home of her father, David J. Nixon.