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.