November 4, 1919 ~ July 24, 2009

Born in: Buncombe County, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Jessie Lucille Bassett Sparks, 89, of Asheville, died Friday, July 24, 2009, at John F. Keever Hospice. A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late George and Evelyn Gentry Bassett and was also preceded in death by a son, Larry R. Sparks. Mrs. Sparks was a member of Morningside Baptist Church where she was a member of the Keenagers of the Church and the Gleaners Sunday School Class. Survivors include daughters, Becky Scott and husband Woody of Fairview and Lennie "Lyn" Sparks of Asheville; a son, Clarence "Butch" Sparks, Jr and wife Lynn of Pearland, TX; sisters, Barbara Bassett and Sherry Bassett of Asheville; brother, James "Pete" Bassett of Asheville; grandchildren, Kim Campbell, Brian Johnson, Yancey Sparks, Greg Scott and Jessica Goffinet; great-grandchildren, Jordan Campbell, Dawson Campbell, Kennedy Scott, Matthew Sparks, Cassidy Scott, Brady Goffinet and Alexa Sparks. Graveside services will be 1:00 pm Monday at Green Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Joe Babb officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7:00-9:00 pm at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Memorials may be made to John F. Keever Solace Center c/o Carepartners Hospice Foundation, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. So sorry to hear about Jessie, I know she was loved and will be missed. It has been a tough year so far for our family, we have lost at least 3 that I can think of right off the top of my head. We will be thinking of you and if there is anything we can do just let us know.
    Bill and Deb

  2. From an old friend who is sorry to hear that she is gone. Will be thinking about your family in this time of loss.

  3. We are so sorry about the loss of Jessie. She was a great lady. Her picture reminds me of Allie Bishop. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rick & June Honeycutt Gunter

  4. Becky, We are sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rita Oxendine, Amy & BayleeAnn Pollett

  5. Dear Becky, Woody, Lennie and your family:

    I was so sad to hear about Jessie.

    I will always cherish the memories that I have of our families being together through the years. Love always, Vicki and Don

  6. Hi Sparks Family,
    As Mrs. Jessie’s nurse for the year that I worked for Dr Early, I found it hard to believe that we have lost her when I picked up Sunday’s paper. She was a true CHARACTER. I always had to be on my top behavior and know what I was talking about when she asked me a question on had a concern. Mrs. Jessie could nail an insincere person in a minute. I loved getting to know her and her daughter. I would like the family to know that they are in my prayers and that their mother, grandmother is not going to be someone people forget easily. Bless all of you.

  7. Dear Sherry and Barbara,
    We’re so sorry to hear from Wanda of the passing of your sister. Our hearts go out to you in this time of sadness.

  8. Dear family,so sorry to hear of your loss,i live in georgia now and don’t get back to asheville much to visit with family as much as i would like to,but rest assured i will think of jessie often and keep all of you in my prayers.I lost my mom(mattie shipman-metcalf) in 2005 and my dad in ’83. I know all those that have went on before’ jessie’ are welcoming her home with joy and love .May all of you be at peace . In christ love and care ,your cousin ..Brenda Metcalf-Gilliam(


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