|From left, Uncle Ron, Dad Vernon, Grandma Sparks, Grandpa Sparks, Aunt Juneth & Aunt Dolly
Learning more about my family has been a highlight and blessing during visits with Cousin Frank Devine Jr. In the above photo, Frank’s mom is Juneth, who passed away some years ago. All the above family members are now gone, but there is much to learn about these loving people, especially Grandpa Art Sparks. When Cousin Frank Jr. lost his Dad, Frank Sr. at age 13, Grandpa Sparks stepped in immediately to provide Frank critical fatherly support at the time. Frank’s relationship with our Grandpa Art was special and made a huge difference for the teenage boy to move forward with his life. It warmed my heart to hear this story about Grandpa Sparks. I had no idea of his loving and compassionate nature when as a grand father it was so important for him to step-up and show his grandson Frank Jr. the way forward with the same loving care as his own Dad, Frank Sr. It is also special for me at this time in my life to receive the gift of knowing Grandpa Sparks much better on a very personal level. Until this day, my memories of Grandpa Sparks were very vague and never connected in any personal way. Thanks to Cousin Frank Jr. I also feel much closure to our Grandpa Sparks.
Pray for all souls lost to wars My father Vernon, passed away in 1998. He was 79. It took my own life experience, including following his footsteps, enlisting in the US Navy in 1963 at age 17, to...