Anne Eliza Dibrell Sparks

Born about 1852 to Dr. James A. Dibrell Sr. in Van Buren, Anne Dibrell married George T. Sparks on March 11, 1878, at the residence of Dr. E. R. DuVal, whose wife was Miss Dibrell's sister.

She was one of the "foremost charity workers of the city and a devout member of the Episcopal Church, her obituary stated. Anne Sparks also was "of great assistance to her husband in attaining prominence in the financial world of Arkansas and Missouri."

George T. Sparks was prominent in banking through his position as one of the first directors of First National Bank in Fort Smith.

Mitchell T. Sparks, one of her sons, was a manager of the McCloud-Sparks Furniture Co., a business started by George Sparks and partners.

She died of an apparent stroke on Dec. 16, 1904, while caring for her daugher Miss Medora Sparks who was suffering from appendicitis. In addition to Mitchell and Medora, at her death, Anne Sparks was survived by two sons, James P. Sparks and George T. Sparks Jr., both of whom were attending college at the time.

Source: "Mrs. George Sparks Dies Suddenly," Fort Smith News Record, Dec. 16, 1904,
p. 4.