Loring Sparks

Loring Theodore "Bud" Sparks Sr.

Thursday, January 22nd, 1931 - Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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Loring T. (Bud) Sparks, Sr. of Upperco, Maryland, born January 22, 1931, departed his earthly home on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty J. Sparks, parents, Sherman and Helen Sparks, brother, Sherman Sparks, Jr., and sister-in-law, Phoebe Sparks.

Bud is survived by his children, daughter and son in law, Betsy Sparks Kraemer (John) of Roanoke, VA, and sons and daughters-in-law, Loring T. Sparks, Jr. (Marilyn), and Scott David Sparks, (Melissa) of Upperco, MD; grandchildren and spouses, John Michael Kraemer (Rebecca) and Michael David Kraemer (Meghan) of Roanoke, VA, Monica Ann Cameron (Chad) of New Freedom, PA, Loring T. Sparks III of Hereford, MD, Diane Elizabeth Knighton (Greg) of Hampstead, MD, and Cpl Steven David Sparks of San Diego, CA; and nine great-grandchildren.

Bud was employed by the Baltimore County Board of Education, serving as an Agribusiness Chairman, Adult Education Principal, Farm Fair Chairman, and FFA Advisor at Hereford High School. After retiring from Baltimore County Schools, he was an Executive Loan Officer for Central Maryland Farm Credit. He held elected offices with the Maryland State Vocational Association, Maryland State Soil Conservation Association, Baltimore County Soil Conservation Association, and Third Gunpowder Farmers Club. He won numerous awards and commendations throughout his life but he was most proud of the Maryland State Governors Citation.

Bud attended church at the Church of the Open Door in Westminster and enjoyed the camaraderie of the Super Sixties class.

The family will receive friends Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at ELINE FUNERAL HOME, 934 South Main Street, Hampstead. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday June 29 at Church of the Open Door, 550 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster with Pastor John Campbell officiating. Interment will be in Grace United Methodist Church, Upperco.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home Hampstead
    934 South Main Street
    HAMPSTEAD, MD 21074
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home Hampstead
    934 South Main Street
    HAMPSTEAD, MD 21074
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 11:00am
    Church of the Open Door
    550 Baltimore Blvd.
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  • Interment

    Grace United Methodist Cemetery
    4618 Black Rock Road
    UPPERCO, MD 21155
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Private Condolence

Dan Marshall

Posted at 10:45pm
Mr. Sparks was FFA advisor during my time at Hereford. I was Sentinel and then President of the FFA. I will always cherish the memories of his support during those years. He was instrumental in helping me attend the National FFA convention in 1971. I still have many fond memories from that trip. My sincere condolences to the family.

Charles and Connie Mielke

Posted at 08:07am
Sparks family,
Bud was a good friend and business man. Enjoyed having him as a friend for many years. We are truly sorry for your loss. Our prayers to all of you. Our caring thoughts, Charles and Connie

Shirley Schaub Snow

Posted at 09:59pm
Sending prayers to the family of mr.sparks . You where a great teacher and neighbor


Posted at 10:39am
With sympathy on the loss of your Father,
Ernie, Tammy & Michael Cochran

Glenn Elseroad

Posted at 05:52am
I will always have fond memories of Mr. Bud Sparks, he was my loan officer with Farm Credit for about 25 years. Over the years we became good friends, he was a great advisor, a confidence builder, and a man of faith. We had many good laughs over the years about happenings and experiences.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sparks family at this time of your loss.

This is not good bye, it is see you later Bud !

God Bless you all,

Glenn & Ruth Elseroad

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