Ethel Lee Hill Sparks, 96, wife of the late Raymond Wesley Sparks, Jr, died on April 16, 2022 in Greenville, SC.
Born on December 10, 1925 in Greensboro, NC, she was the daughter of Lee and Ethel Hill. Ethel Lee grew up in Atlanta, GA, graduated from Washington Seminary, and, with her family, moved to Greenville while she was a student at the University of Georgia. At UGA, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi and the Thalian Blackfriars.
For decades, Ethel Lee was an active participant on stage in several Greenville Theatre and Center Stage productions as well as modeled for the Millie Lewis agency. She was recognized in the October 2013 issue of Talk magazine as one of the 25 Most Beautiful Women in the Upstate. In 1970 she was awarded a Greenville Theatre Oscar for her supporting role in the production of Harvey.
For many years, she served her community as a volunteer and board member of the Greenville Red Cross and, with her late husband, volunteered for Meals on Wheels.
Ethel Lee and Wesley were members of the Vardry Thompson Fellowship Sunday School Class of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, where they were married on September 18, 1948.
Surviving Ethel Lee are her sons Raymond Wesley Sparks III (Cindy) of Columbia, SC and Donald Lee Sparks (Katherine Saenger) of Charleston, SC; her grandchildren Sally Sparks and Laker Sparks (Melissa) of California, Rachel Wynia (Blake) and Claire Steffens (Stephen) of Greenville, SC, and 4 great-grandchildren: Wesley (California), Clark, Ford, and Liesl (South Carolina).
Ethel Lee’s graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2022. All are welcome. A Celebration of Life drop-in will take place at Cascades Retirement Community in the Pub on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Greenville Theatre, www.greenvilletheatre.org/donate or Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, www.buncombestreetumc.org/get-involved/giving/.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Cascades staff, Interim Hospice nurses, therapists, and the many Live Long Well Care sitters for their wonderful care of Ethel Lee.
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