James Lee Sparks, 67, of Leavenworth passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 7, 2019 at his residence. James was born on February 6, 1951 in Leavenworth to Harold Eugene and Bonnie Faye (Hewitt) Sparks.
James attended school in Leavenworth and after graduation, he joined the US Army on January 17, 1971, where he earned the Sharpshooter and National Defense Service Medals. James loved his motorcycles and his family. James worked for KC Booth as an upholsterer.
Surviving are his sisters Helen (Mike) Kern of Arizona, Terri Sparks of Lansing and Annabelle “Lucy” Cook of Leavenworth. Nephews, Rocky (Dawn) Koch, Easton KS and Shawn Wiley, Leavenworth.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will be Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:30 am with Pastor Cape Rust, officiating at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at Leavenworth National cemetery with military honors at 12:30 pm.
On the night of January 29, 2019, Sylvia Bailey Wyche was escorted in the loving arms of God and left all pain. She went to sleep to awaken with God and a wonderful reunion with loved ones in Heaven. God has escorted her through the pearly gates, and she has received her crown. God then ushered her to her room in her Heavenly Father’s mansion. She is now an angel watching over her family.
Sylvia was born on October 4, 1946 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Jessie Harrison and Leroy Griffin Sr. She attended Leavenworth Public Schools. Sylvia was baptized at a young age at First Baptist Church in Leavenworth, Kansas and loved God. She was a long-time member, bartender, and supporter of the American Legion Post 94 in Leavenworth, Kansas. Sylvia was a trained Nursing Assistant and previously worked in nursing care. She also worked in janitorial service at Fort Leavenworth in her early years.
Sylvia was preceded in death, by her husband, US Army Veteran Sergeant Willie Wyche Sr. and her parents, Jessie Harrison and Leroy Griffin, a beloved sister, Norma Griffin, a brother, Todd Logan, step-father, Fred Logan, a daughter, Anjeanette Bailey, one grand-daughter, Tiyonna, a sister-in-law, Lanie Griffin, an aunt, Callie Howard, her maternal and paternal uncles, and grandparents.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a loving partner of 14 years, Leonard Bailey, who survives her at the home, her 8 children, Lonnie Bailey Jr, Alberta Bailey, LaShanna Bailey-Morris, Willie Wyche Jr., Tina Wyche, Shanta Griffin, Dawaun Bailey, and Antonio Williams, all her many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews who she adored with all her heart. She also leaves 10 siblings, Nollie Griffin (Angela); Leroy Griffin Jr, Carolyn Griffin-Clark, Thomas Griffin (Karen), Lorraine Griffin, Richard Dixon; J. S. Dixon, Jr. (Renell); Debra Dixon-Grant, Patricia Johnson, and Rosalee Logan and one Aunt, Naomi Griffin. Sylvia also leaves a host of cousins, step-siblings, and other cherished relatives and friends. She loved every one of her friends and family. She cared deeply for others and would always say “I love you”!
She enjoyed going to the casino and bingo, listening to old school and new music, and could glide on the dance floor doing a two-step. She loved the Blues, especially B.B. King, Mary J. Blige, and Frankie Beverly & Maze. She enjoyed watching all her family on Facebook and talking to her brothers and sisters on the phone. She had a large family, equally big heart, and would remember birthdays and special times. Sylvia was a great cook and loved to entertain. She enjoyed spending time with Leonard, sitting and laughing at his jokes and praying together. Sylvia was a mom to many, and a friend to all. She would give a hug and that warm and loving smile to everyone!