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Capital West Christian Church
Friday April 12th, 2019
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Bernard "Sparky" Carver


 Bernard “Sparky” Carver age 84 of Jefferson City passed away April 7, 2019 at his home surrounded by family. 

He was born October 26, 1934 in Topeka, KS to the late Charles Carver and Lois Hiller Carver. His father died at an early age leaving his mother with six children.  Her character was strong and she raised a marvelous family with great values. He attended school in Topeka, KS. 

He was an Army veteran.  He always considered his Army stent as a good one.  He used his experience as a mimeo repairman to get a position that was good duty doing about the same thing.  He spent two years in the Panama Canal.  When he returned from service, he assumed the same job that he had left two years before.

 On November 8, 1986 he was united in marriage to Karolyn Davenport in Jefferson City.  He had been a bachelor for 52 years.  Never the proclaimed bachelor, he always said, “I’d rather be married than not, but I’d rather not be married than have a bad marriage.”  He and Karolyn celebrated 32 years, and they were good years for the both of them. 

He was self-employed owning Sparky’s Quick Print and Duplicating Machines for 25 years.  He retired the last day of 1999. Prior to that he worked for Crane and Co., Tempo and others in the Topeka/Kansas City area.  His prior bosses thought a lot of him, and he maintained ties with them through the years.

He was a charter member of Capital West Christian Church. When he was still able, he would help keep up the property and vehicles.  Rarely did he miss if he were able.  Even though the ministers felt like he was sleeping through the service.  But they would find that if they had a hiccup during the sermon—he would tell them about it. 

 He enjoyed traveling especially with his sister, Wilma and brother in law, Erich.  There were many trips and many states that were traveled together through the years. 

He also enjoyed NASCAR races.  He had attended many of the races such as Daytona, Talladaga, Bristol, Charlotte, Indy, Martinsvillle, Kansas City and others. 

He also loved Sprint car racing.  He owned a winged sprint car for three years.  Those three years were so very memorable for him.  He was the chief mechanic on the car as well as the owner.  He tried to have it ready for each race.  Most of the time the driver was Russell Hibbard.  They made a great pair.

He was very good about figuring things out.  He could almost always find a solution to a mechanical problem.  After retirement, he did some lawnmower repairs for others.  He was also good at analogies—taking something so improbable and making it fit the situation.

  In addition to his spouse, he is survived by two step-daughters, Judy Mantle and Jennifer Mantle.  He also leaves many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Edgar Carver, Mervin Carver and Richard Carver and two sisters, Wilma Naethe and Rosella Carver. 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019, at Capital West Christian Church in Jefferson City.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Capital West Christian Church in Jefferson City.  Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery near Linn.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Capital West Christian Church in Jefferson City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)   www.mortonchapel.com

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Sparky was the finest example of an individual involved in racing. Condolences to all the friends and family.

Johm Farmer Apr 13 2019 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sparky was a very kind man whom I always enjoyed visiting with when you did my taxes.Billie Sue has kept me updated and know that you are in my prayers. Mike

Mike Bruns Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Carver Family,
I am saddened to learn of Sparky's passing. I met him nearly 40 years ago while I was at Eugene. He sold me on the Gestetner, mostly because he sold me on himself. From the beginning I knew he was sincere, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and just crazy enough to be lovable. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Dennis Lewis Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

Craig and I are so sorry to hear of Sparky's passing. He was quite the character! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Craig and Cindy Busey Apr 11 2019 12:00 AM

To the entire Carver family: Please accept our deepest heartfelt sympathy for Sparky's passing. May he rest in God's loving arms forever. America thanks him for his brave service in the U.S. Army. God Bless Us All.

Joe and Aileen Bryan Apr 10 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts,prayers & deepest sympathy are with Karolyn & family at the loss of Sparky....our dear neighbor will be sadly missed!!!!

Debbie, Bryce, Tyler & Kallie Branson Apr 10 2019 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Apr 10 2019 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to the carver family. I met Mr. Sparky several years ago when i was trying to find my father, which was employed by Sparky a long time ago. Mr. Sparky helped me by giving me all the info he had kept of him. Iam now in contact with my fathet after 25+ years. I will forever remember Mr. Sparky.

Shaunda collins Apr 10 2019 12:00 AM