Harold Lee Sparks, 72, of Mountain Grove, Virginia passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at LewisGale Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor, Virginia.

He was born September 11, 1949 in Sutton, West Virginia, the son of the late Fred Bernell Sparks,  Freda Ilene Smallwood Sparks Ottinger and Albert Clayton Ottinger.

Mr. Sparks was a retired truck driver.

He was a 1967 Graduate of Waynesboro High School. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Deborah “Debbie” Sue Peery Sparks whom he married on October 24, 1998; two children, Janet Lee Quinones & husband David of Germantown, Maryland, James Ernest Sparks & Fiancée Angela Graves of Buena Vista, Virginia; five grandchildren, Tori, Katie, Kayla, Hannah, Rachel & husband Guy; two great grandchildren, Beau, and Kara; a brother; Albert Clayton Ottinger, Jr. & wife Cheryl of Waynesboro, Virginia; two sisters, Sarah Wood of Waynesboro, & her sons, Aaron Coffey and Ashley Marion both of Waynesboro, Lindy Anderson of Florida; an aunt, Fern McClung in Nicholas County, West Virginia; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his companion Schnauzer, Molly.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with John Young officiating. Interment will be in Mountain Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Grove Volunteer Fire Department, c/o William “Willie” Jenkins, P.O. Box 312, Warm Springs, Virginia 24484.





  1. Debbie and family,

    Harold was such a wonderful friend to my family. My father, Joe Rice, thought the world of him. I know he and Dad are sitting up in heaven talking about hunting, fishing, and dogs. He will surely be missed.

  2. My heart goes out to you Debbie, I will miss him very much. I will miss his joking and teasing, especially when we went fishing. I send love, prayers and good thoughts out to you.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I love you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sorry to hear of the passing of Harold. Harold and I enjoyed fishing in the South River in Waynesboro. He and his wife visited my Dad and I, at my dad’s home a few years ago. He will be missed. Condolences for the Sparks family.


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