Shirley Jean Sparks Wilson, 75, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the CarePartners Solace Center, after several years of declining health.
A native of Swannanoa-Black Mountain, Shirley was the daughter of the late Foley Sparks, Sr. and Margaret Privette Sparks. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Annie Sparks, Juanita Fender and Polly Fender; and brothers, Lee Roy, Robert, Ronnie, Dennis and Grover Sparks.
Shirley retired from the IHOP on Tunnel Rd. after 26 years of dedicated service, where she was well loved by her customers and co-workers. She loved listening to gospel music and watching “Down Home Gospel.” She also loved making and sharing her canning, home cooked meals and most of all her delicious candies, cakes and breads.
She is survived by her husband, William “Jack” Wilson; children, Jeff Wilson, Kim Wilson, Scott Wilson, Jerry Wilson, and Kristy Wilson Hale; special friend and “her son,” Will Green, of Jonathan Creek; special friend, Mary Johnson; step-children, Bill Wilson, Jim Wilson, Mike Wilson, Ted Wilson and Sandra Burnette; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Foley Sparks, Jr. and Paul Sparks; as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.
A Celebration of Shirley's Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday February 14, 2019, at the Tunnel Rd. Chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The Rev. Joel Burton will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the chapel of the funeral home.
Flowers are acceptable, however, we encourage memorials in Shirley's name may be made to MountainCare (formerly the CarePartners Foundation) P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.