Charles Herman Sparks
Charles Herman was born on 16 April 1925 in Cliffside. He was the third born of Robert Louis Sparks and Ebber Sloan Bostic. Herman graduated from Cliffside High School in 1945. Then he joined the Air Transport Command 1537th USAF Unit and served in the Phillipines and Guam before being honorably discharged from service in 1947.
On 16 April 1949 Herman married Eliza Chlozette Lynn of Kings Mountain, NC. They were living in Cliffside where Herman was employed by Cone Mills when their first-born, Charles Herman Sparks, Jr., was born on 8 August 1951 at Cleveland Memorial Hospital in Shelby.
Herman graduated from Howard Business College in the spring of 1952 and accepted employment with Hudson Hosiery. He moved his family to Kings Mountain, where his daughter, Karen Lynn was born at the Kings Mountain Hospital 17 May 1954.
After resigning from Hudson Hosiery in 1959, Herman accepted employment with U. S. Rubber Company where he remained until 1964, going back into the textile business. He retired from textiles in August 1978.
Eliza Chlozette (Chloe) Lynn was the fourth child of Robert Stevenson Lynn and Sallie Gant. Chloe graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1948. She continued her work with Southern Bell Telephone Company after her marriage and progressed from operator to Assistant Manager in 1963. She remained in this position until she retired in 984 after thirty-one years of service.
After retiring Herman and Chloe did volunteer work for the Red Cross Mobile. They enjoyed traveling, having traveled to most of the continents and to all of the fifty states. They also enjoyed being with their children and grandchildren.
They attended First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain where Herman served as a deacon, trustee, Sunday School teacher, Brotherhood president, and both Herman and Chloe were members of the adult choir.
On 29 December 1996 Herman died of a massive heart attact at his home in Kings Mountain. As he had often expressed would happen, he died with little suffering and without having to linger. Chloe continues to reside at their home in Kings Mountain and continues to serve the Lord as the two of them did so many years together.
From Some of the Ancestors and Descendents of Robert Lee Sparks and Ebber Sloan Bostic by Jimmy Louis Sparks, 1999