Rayfield Eugene Sparks Jr. was born August 22, 1955, to Rayfield and Mae Sparks, in Longview Texas. He was the third child of seven children. In 1960, his parents relocated to Los Angeles, California. He was 5 years old.
Rayfield's parents provided a Christian environment for their family. Growing up he attended Faithful Central Baptist Church and accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized at Faithful Central Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California. He moved to Longview Texas in 1984, where met the love of his life, Teresa Hubbert in 1985. This was the beginning of a lifelong relationship and they were wed on July 23, 1988. To this union was born two children, Montreal and Marques Sparks. This union also brought Rayfield a daughter, Lavesha Freeman, who he loved just as much and just as equally.
Rayfield and his family were members of the Willow Springs B.C. in Longview, Texas where he was a member of the male chorus and mass choir, and later became a deacon. Later, he and his wife moved their membership to the Solid Rock House of Faith, where they became active members in the church. When he made the decision to move his membership again, he joined The Murry League B.C. in Ore City, TX under watch care and remained there until his demise.
Rayfield received his formal education in Los Angeles, California at Crenshaw High School, and he received an AA degree from Los Angeles City College. Rayfield began his professional career in logistics as a truck driver for over 35 years driving all over the country. Throughout the years as a truck driver, he made many friends, and they often referred to him as "Snoop" and "Smiley". The final job he held was with Mac Transportation in Big Sandy, TX. When he was not on the road, he was working at the Triple S Ranch in Ore City, Texas, which is a family business established by his father Rayfield E. Sparks Sr., Andrew C. Sparks (uncle) and Jerry P. Sparks (uncle). Rayfield Jr., “Loved” the Ranch. It was his home away from home.
Rayfield loved spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, including his cousins and friends. His kind and warm smile warmed our hearts. He was funny, gentle and fun to be around. He was a happy and joyful person willing to give to other and always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a prayer warrior, he had a sweet loveable spirit that was given to us by God, that is gone too soon.
He was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Brenetta Ann Sparks Watts, Mother-in-law Dorothy Hubbert, Sister-in-law Robin Hubbert, two Uncles Jerry P. Sparks Jr. and Andrew C. Sparks.
Rayfield leaves to cherish his precious memories: his wife, Teresa; two sons, Montreal (Brittany), Marques (Gena); daughter, LaVesha; 9 grandchildren, Kierra, JaNaye, Jayunna, Jayden, Mariah, Larry, Briley, Merell, and JaKhavian; two loving and supportive parents, Rayfield Sr., and Mae Pearl Sparks; three brothers, Arnold, Larry, and Derrell Sparks; two sisters, Schrece Sparks Davillier (Kenny Sr.), Latrece Sparks Walker (Alfred Jr.); three special nieces he helped raise, April, Tristian, ShaQuallin; other special nieces and nephews, Audra Sparks, Charity McCloud (AJ), Kelly Watts, Brenetta P. Sparks; nine nephews, Kendrick Sparks, Austin Sparks, Kenny Davillier Jr. (Angela), Tony Davillier, Aaron Davillier (Sheema), James Sparks, Larry Sparks Jr., Joshua Walker, and Caleb Walker, and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
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