Annie Ruth Singleton Sparks was born on June 25, 1952, in Pinewood, to the late Mildred Singleton Rice and Lewis Pringle. She was raised by her grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Singleton, and later by her aunt and uncle, the late Mr. and Mrs. Robin James. Annie was called to her heavenly home on Aug. 29, 2018. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many. She was a faithful member of Kingsbury Road Church of Christ, where she served as church secretary for many years.
Annie suffered severe hearing loss at an early age, yet, she successfully graduated from Furman High School in 1971 and attended Sumter Technical College from 1971 to 1972. She moved to New York, New York, in her early 20's, where she resided until she moved back to Sumter in 1991, where she worked for the Sumter County Assessor's Office for nearly 23 years, until her retirement.
Annie will always be remembered for her warm disposition, bright smile and excellent baking skills. She enjoyed baking, making special treats for the holidays for family and friends and relaxing in different cities as she visited her daughter. Countless moments and priceless memories will forever dwell in the heart and minds of the loved ones that she leaves behind.
The ones who remain to cherish her precious memories are her loving daughter, Yasmin Jenkins (Jayson); her doting son, Lamar; her beloved granddaughter, Makayla; and a grandson due November 2018. She is also survived by her siblings, Gail Singleton, Lagretta Pringle, Lissa Pringle Owens, Cedric Pringle and Geoffrey Rice; and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, William J. Sparks of New York; her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Singleton; and aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Robin James, both of Pinewood.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Kingsbury Road Church of Christ with Minister Melvin Sapp officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Bullock Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, one hour prior to the service, at Kingsbury Road Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospice, 500 Pinewood Road No. 2, Sumter, SC 29154.
You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.
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