The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 5, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Oct. 5, 2012


Edna Ruth Sparks Repass

OCEANA — Edna Ruth Sparks Repass, better known as “Sue” to family and friends, 78, of Oceana, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2012, in the comfort of her home due to a short battle with cancer.

She was born August 19, 1934, in McComas, W.Va., a daughter of the late Joseph Wattie and Hazel Gertrude Sparks. She was one of fourteen children, three sisters and ten brothers. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Archie Repass; three brothers Elmer Sparks and wife Opal, Donnie Sparks and wife Sandy, and Carl Sparks; two sisters Evelyn Repass and husband Bill, Mildred Jean Dillo; an infant daughter Connie Jean; and a very dear and close friend Edith Hopkins.

Those left to cherish her memory are one son Jackie Ray (Phyllis) Repass of Surfside Beach, S.C.; and one daughter Kay (Billy Gene) Rose of Oceana; five grandchildren Pamela Jean “PJ” (Ed) Murphy of Apex, N.C., Courtney Repass (Jon) Martin of Glen View, Kelly (Kerrina) Rose of Baileysville, Gregory Rose and companion Robin Massey of Bolt, and Jacqui Rose (Ryan) Hill of Pipestem; eight great-grandchildren Mattie and Georgia Murphy, Joana and James Martin, Hannah and Colton Rose, Nick and Tom Forren, Isaac, Nathan, Caleb, and Callie Hill; seven brothers Joe (Mary) Sparks of Phoenix, Ariz., Bob (Sharon) Sparks of Newborn, Tenn., Douglas (Pam) Sparks of Abingdon, Va., Ricky (Maxine) Sparks of Peterstown, Fred (Francis) Sparks of Princeton, Stanley (Peggy) Sparks of Beckley, Dean (Annetta) Sparks of Princeton; one sister Janie Stanger of Bluefield; two brothers-in-law Eugene Dillo of Fayetteville, N.C., and Robert Repass of Oceana; two sisters-in-law Joyce Sparks of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a very special and dear sister-in-law Ann Santmyer of Oceana; a special niece better known as her second daughter Carol Repass (Gerald) Duncan of Kopperston and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends and neighbors (three special neighbors Debbie, Rene and Sharon).

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2012, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Pastor Melissa White officiating. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2012, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Southern WV or Princeton Community Hospital Hospitality House.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

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