ELKIN — Mr. Banner Vestal Sparks, 86, passed away, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Heritage Healthcare of Elkin. Mr. Sparks was born Feb. 9, 1926, in Wilkes County to Walter Grover and Emma Billings Sparks. Mr. Sparks was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during WWII. Mr. Sparks retired from Proctor-Silex in Mount Airy; he was also a member of Bessies Chapel Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Levanch Stanley “Shorty” Sparks; sisters, Nora Wilmoth and Ruby Sparks; and brothers, Ed Sparks, Jap Sparks and Ray Sparks. Survivors include daughter, Sandra Snow and husband, Pete, of Elkin; brothers, Bud Sparks and his wife, Shirley, of State Road and Linvel Sparks and his wife, Ella Mae, of Traphill; sister, Pauline Hicks of Traphill; grandchildren, Donna Coe and husband, Scotty, Donathan Snow and wife, Christy, Dustin Snow and wife, Stacey; and great-grandchildren, Kayla Chandler, Tiffany Coe, Meagan Johnson and Austin Snow. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Elkin Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Marty Reece and the Rev. Mark Freeman officiating. Burial will follow in Bessies Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elkin Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made to www.elkinfuneralservice.com. Services entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.