James Richard Sparks

1924–1998 (Age 74)
Floyd, Kentucky, United States

The Life of James Richard

When James Richard Sparks was born on 10 February 1924, in Floyd, Kentucky, United States, his father, James Harrison Sparks, was 32 and his mother, Cordova Rosalee Spradlin, was 31. He married Evelyn Frances Pope on 2 May 1942, in Latonia, Kenton, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Magisterial District 7, Lawrence, Kentucky, United States in 1930 and California, United States in 1998. He died on 13 March 1998, in Butler, Ohio, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Knott, Kentucky, United States.

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James Richard Sparks
Evelyn Frances Pope
Marriage: 2 May 1942
James Richard III Sparks

Spouse & Children

2 May 1942
Latonia, Kenton, Kentucky, United States


  • James Richard III Sparks


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World Events (8)


Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 10

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 20

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Spark 1.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • James R Sparks in household of James Sparks, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James R. Jr. Sparks in entry for James Richard III Sparks, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"
  • James Richard Sparks, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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