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EDMONTON – Billy Sparks, age 89, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020, at his home. Born in Ridgetop, Tennessee, Billy was the son of the late Carter and Mary Lane Sparks. Billy was retired from the Kentucky Department of Revenue and was a member of the Edmonton United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Jean Dillingham Sparks of Edmonton; two children, Ricky Sparks of Lexington and Patti (Dan) Antle of Columbia; three grandsons, Daniel Lynn Antle, Jr., Jordan Collier Antle and William Benjamin (Ben) Antle (Claudia) all of Lexington; his great-grandchildren, Leonardo “Leo” Antle, Samantha and Santiago Guerrero, Calli Morgan Antle and Atia Lane Antle. Also surviving is a brother in law, Robert and wife, Evelyn Dillingham; and a sister in law, Judy Dillingham. Billy is also survived by his grand dog Kennedy.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, June 1, 2020, at Butler Funeral Home with entombment in the Metcalfe County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 11:30 until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, visitation and funeral services will be limited to no more than 33 people at one time. Butler Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Sparks. Please share your condolences with the family at


  1. Kathleen Stamato Innocenti on July 12, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Dear Patty,
    Please accept our condolences for the loss of your dad. I always remember him as a staunch Democratic whose views on politics never wavered. Patty, he was always so proud of you.

    Warmest Regards,
    Kathleen Stamato Innocenti

    • Patti Antle on September 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

      Kathy, thank you for your condolences. Daddy fought a hard fight with various health issues, mostly heart related. He held on for as long as possible, always worrying about Mama, who was the love of his life. I was very fortunate to have him for 69 years. My mother is going strong at 90. She does not believe my father has passed away. So heartbreaking and very difficult to know what to say on a daily basis.
      Thanks again. Patti

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