Leroy Junior Sparrow
January 21, 1948 - January 19, 2021
Lee was born January 21, 1948 in Lorraine, IL, the son of Robert L. and Jessie Marie Smith Sparrow. He married Joyce Clemens on September 6, 1968 in Quincy. She survives.
Lee proudly served in the U.S. Army 1965 - 1968 as a mechanic while stationed in Germany. Upon returning home he worked for a short time as a driver for Pepsi. After attending school for auto mechanics Lee went to work for K-Mart Automotive in Quincy, where he remained until his retirement. He was passonate about cars and loved to tinker under the hood in his spare time. He enjoyed playing solitaire. He loved his dogs, Precious, Oreo, Sky, and Daisy. He had even developed a special place in his heart for their cats Caliber and Ruger. Most of all, Lee loved being a husband, father, and grandfather. He worked hard just to make sure they all had everything they needed.
Survivors in addition to his wife include: two children, Candy Lynn (Kevin) Mast, and Kerry (Chris) Sparrow-Lane, both of Quincy; sixteen grandchildren, Amber Bailey, Brandon and Cory Altmix, Danielle, Emily, Fyebe, Gabriel, Nathan, and Ryan Mast, Kristofer and Dakota Johnson, Christopher Lane, and Maria, Ashlynn, Quinton, and Baylee Sparrow; nine great grandchildren; four brothers, Carl, Jerry, Gary, and Chuck Sparrow; and three sisters, Pamela Ann Hamelton, Panda Sue Turner, and Penny Lynn Akers.
Lee was preceded in death by his son, Brent Lee Sparrow; his parents; and two brothers Terry and Randy Sparrow.
Services: 3:00 pm Friday, January 22, 2021 at Greenmount Cemetery, with Rev. Shane Tomko officiating. Military Rites will be provided by American Legion Post #37 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Visitation will be private.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Memorials: Parkinsons Foundation Memorial Donations may be made online at https://memorials.hansenspear.com
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.