The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 12, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Stanley Haywood Robinson

Mr. Stanley Haywood Robinson, 65, of Beckley, died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at VA Medical Center.

Born May 31, 1948, he was the son of Rebecca J. Robinson-Thomas of Beckley and the late Stanley J. Robinson.

Mr. Robinson was a Navy Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley J. Robinson.

Along with his mother, those left to cherish his memories are his sons, Brian Smith and Stanley Robinson Jr. of Dayton, Ohio; daughters, Kim Parker of Columbus, Ohio and Belinda Smith of Dayton, Ohio; brothers, Lee and Maurice Robinson of Beckley; sisters, Carrie Stroud-Armstrong of Milwaukee, Wis., Pearl Yarn of Saginaw, Mich., and Ethel Royal of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 South Fayette St., Beckley, with Pastor William Fruit officiating. Burial will be at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Friends may call one hour prior at the funeral parlor.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail. com

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Olga Maria Sparks

Olga Maria Sparks, 86, of MacArthur, W.Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Olga was born on August 25, 1926 in Blatnica, Czechosolvakia, daughter of the late Andrew and Maria Kosman. Olga came to the United States at the age of four in 1930 and landed at Ellis Island in New York City. Her family immigrated to Chicago and then later moved to Boyceville, Wisconsin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Kosman; a sister, Vera Turchany; and a step-mother, Emilia “Millie” Kosman.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, George W. Sparks Sr. of MacArthur; children, George W. Sparks Jr., of Denver, Colo.; Mike Sparks and spouse, Kathy, of Beckley, Patti Varner, of Morgantown, W.Va.; and Dale Sparks, and spouse, Lisa, also of Morgantown. She is also survived by her sister, Irene Klatt and spouse, John; and her brother, John Kosman and spouse, Helen, all of Menomonie, Wis. In addition, she is survived by nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Olga was a homemaker and was a devout Christian often serving as a “Prayer Warrior” for anyone in need. She enjoyed praying and reading her Bible, singing hymns, quilting and baking her famous homemade rolls. She touched many lives and will be sadly missed by all who knew this wonderful woman. She was a member of the Crab Orchard Baptist Church for over 60 years serving in many capacities including a former member of the Deaconess Board, a Guild Girls leader, a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, a Prayer Group member, a member of Circle #2, a Quilting Group member and a member of her beloved church choir.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley. Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2013 with visitation an hour before at Crab Orchard Baptist Church in Crab Orchard, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be sent to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Private online condolences may be sent to the family via

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

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