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Patricia Sparkman Martin,

December 10, 2022

Patricia Sparkman Martin, 79, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022, after an extended illness.
She was the daughter of the late Edward and Dahlia (Williamson) Sparkman. Born in Cookeville, TN, she grew up in the Doyle community of White County.  After graduating from White County High School in 1961, she later attended Middle Tennessee State University, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology.
An avid birdwatcher and nature enthusiast, she enjoyed backyard birding and several trips to national parks, as well as wildlife watching expeditions to Africa, Central and South America. Prior to her extended illness, she was a regular student in the Spanish department of MTSU, learning to speak, read and write in the native language of the countries she enjoyed visiting.
Over the years, she served in several leadership roles in the community, including serving as PTA president at Eakin Elementary and as a board member of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dr. Gerald T. Martin, along with her sons, Paul (Kendel) Martin of Austin, TX and Jerry (Cyndee) Martin of Nashville, and three granddaughters. She is also survived by her two sisters, Camilla Sparkman of Old Hickory and Lyn (Jerry) Bradshaw of Morrison. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ira Hugh (Bud) Sparkman.
Her family appreciates all the outpouring of support many have provided during her extended illness. The family is especially grateful for Kelli and Cody King’s love and support through this difficult time.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 17, 2022, from 2-5 p.m. at Doak-Howell Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Webb School, Shelbyville-Bedford Public Library or the charity of your choice.
Doak-Howell Funeral Home is serving the family.