Resident Spotlight: Paul “Sparky” Sparkman


Posted by Kia Crawford on May 17th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

I remember going to see the Little Rock Travelers, a minor league baseball team, play. I played in the band at school and I loved performing for community clubs and organizations. I dated my first wife while we were in high school.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? sparky

I lived in Alaska and loved everything about the state. I hated leaving there. I enjoyed playing in various bands.  I played piano, base guitar, trombone, and drums. We played mostly for private groups such as, Lions Club, Elks, Moose, etc.

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do?

I was a music teacher at the School for the Blind where I served as a Junior Chorus Director and Assistant Orchestra Director. I taught private music lessons too.

Do you remember what was happening in your life during a significant event in US history such as WWII, Vietnam, Woodstock or any other historical events?

During the Vietnam War, I was teaching. I met a member of the Green Beret once. I never found out what happened to him.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?

I was the President of the Florida Council of the Blind. I wrote a grant that established a lab for FSU for the visually handicapped students. The lab had special communications equipment, i.e., computers, reading machines. I received an award from the Council of the Blind.

For 20 years, I investigated employment, housing, and public accommodations for discriminations. I received a lifetime achievement award for my work.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college?

Choose a career in something you want to do and don’t settle for just a job.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?

Communications between partners is the most important thing.

What brought you to assisted living at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta, GA? Or Why did you choose Dogwood Forest?

It came down to the fact that it was the easiest place for my son because it’s on the way to his work.

How do you enjoy Dogwood Forest as your new home?

It’s all right. I’d just as soon be here as any place else.

What is your favorite part of living here in assisted living at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta, GA?

The socials on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Who is your best friend at Dogwood?

Bob