King William County resident Albert William “Sparky” Sparks will be remembered as a community leader.
A founding member of the Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squad and King William, Sparks died Nov. 7. He was 75.
He will be remembered for being a member of King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue and serving the community for more than 10 years as part of the Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squad. Sparks retired with a combined 25 years of service, according to his son, Robert Sparks.
Sparks died from esophageal cancer — he was diagnosed a few months ago. Sparks’ funeral was held Saturday, according to his son.
Sparks, originally from Varina in Henrico County, married his wife Brenda in 1968; they celebrated their 50th anniversary in February. They had two sons and one daughter: Robert, Bubba and Missy.
Sparks was a laboratory instrument maker at the Virginia Department of Consolidated Laboratory services for 30 years, from 1977-2007. The Sparks family moved to King William in 1985 and he joined King William Volunteer Fire Rescue in 1989.
Sparks served with the King William squad until 1995, when he and other community leaders founded the Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squad. Both he and his wife volunteered there.
Sparks volunteered for the rescue squad until earlier this year, when he had to stop due to health concerns. Sparks also served on the rescue squad’s board prior to his retirement from the state lab, and he stayed involved with the rescue squad and community after retirement, according to his son Robert.
Robert Sparks has continued his family’s tradition and is currently vice president of the King William Volunteer Fire Rescue.
“He and my mom definitely instilled a sense of community in me, to help others whenever or however I can,” Robert Sparks said. “I help the Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squad when I’m able with driving or with fundraisers.”
Sparks enjoyed working on the family’s 50-acre farm, spending time with his three children and five grandchildren, watching the Washington Redskins and making knives for the military. Sparks was also a member of the Colosse Baptist Church in the county.
Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief Curtis Mason Jr. said Sparks always had a smile on his face.
“He was a great man and was always willing to help anybody. You could call him and he would drop what he was doing to come help you at anytime.”