Orval Price Sparkman

Orval Price Sparkman

Falkville

 

Orval Price Sparkman, 93, died Feb. 18 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born in 1924 in the Oak Ridge Community, west of Hartselle, to Clarence Washington and Lillie Legg Sparkman. A graveside service was held Feb. 22 at Moss Chapel Methodist Church of Hartselle. The Rev. Harold Thompson and Mr. Blake Tanner conducted the service. Mr. Sparkman was buried alongside his family.

Mr. Sparkman was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Leona Marie Sparkman Mitchell and brothers Julius Cleo “Chip” Sparkman, Bobby Ray Sparkman, Billy Clarence Sparkman, Ronald Lewis Sparkman and Ronnie Eugene Sparkman. He is survived by one brother, William Coleman Sparkman (Joanne) of Smithville, Tenn., and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Sparkman attended Oak Ridge school and graduated from Morgan County High School. After high school, he worked with the Goodyear Mill in Decatur, and he enrolled at Florence Teachers College, where he graduated. He taught at Oak Ridge School and at Hartselle Elementary School. He often spoke of how much he valued the influence of Principal F.E. Burleson in those years.

While teaching, he worked in the evenings as an x-ray technician at Dr. Claude Lavender’s clinic in Hartselle. In the late 1950s, he and partners bought the clinic. Under his leadership, the clinic grew into a modern, 120-bed hospital. He attributed that success to the skilled and caring team of doctors, nurses and departments he assembled during those years. Mr. Sparkman and his partners sold the hospital to what would become the Hospital Corporation of America in 1973. It was one of the first acquisitions of HCA.

After the sale of the hospital, Mr. Sparkman farmed for a time in Oak Ridge.

He opened the Maison Morgan department store in Hartselle. He later moved to Fairhope, where he pursued his interest in landscaping and nurseries. He was a member of Fairhope Seven Day Adventist Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Moss Chapel Methodist Church cemetery Fund. The family would like to express much appreciation to the staff of Summerford Nursing Home. They demonstrated significant skill and caring during Mr. Sparkman’s time there.

Editor's picks

Hartselle graduate creates product for amputees 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Tigers roar in Athens soccer win

Danville

Local family raises Autism awareness through dirt racing  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Three Hartselle students named National Merit finalists  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan chief deputy graduates from FBI National Academy

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle students collect food for good cause 

Falkville

Falkville to hold town-wide yard sale next month

At a Glance

Danville man dies after vehicle leaves Hudson Memorial Bridge 

Editor's picks

Clif Knight, former Hartselle mayor, Enquirer writer, dies at 88

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Utilities reminds community April is safe digging month 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Teen powerhouse invited to compete in international strongman event

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Azaleas: An Alabama beauty 

Decatur

Master Gardeners plant sale returns in April

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan leaders honored at annual banquet

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Local students selected for 2024 Blackburn Institute Class

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle sophomore represents Civil Air Patrol in D.C.  

Editor's picks

Hartselle council hires architect for new fire station, library and event center

At a Glance

PowerGrid Services in Hartselle evacuated for bomb threat

Morgan County

20 under 40: Trey Chowning

Falkville

20 under 40: TJ Holmes

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

20 under 40: Spencer Bell

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

20 under 40: Shelby Keenum

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

20 under 40: Rachel Howard

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

20 under 40: Mary Virgina Halbrooks

x