Cornelia Sparrow died on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Calvert City Convalescent Center in Calvert City.
She was born on June 14, 1925, in the Vickers Creek Community of Trigg County to Chester and Iva Nunn Oakley.
Cornelia graduated from Trigg County High School. Mrs. Sparrow taught at Ferguson Springs and Hematite Schools, one-room schools, in Trigg County during and after World War II. She later moved to Evansville, Ind., where she met and married Lee Lane. After the birth of their daughter, Rita, they moved back home to Trigg County where a second daughter, Karen, was born.
In 1956, they moved to Calvert City where Mrs. Sparrow has since maintained her residence. Mrs. Sparrow spent her career in banking at Calvert Bank and in the mid 1960s was the first employee hired at First Liberty Bank, which is now Regions Bank. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Calvert City where she was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School class, ABC club, and Senior Adult Choir.
Over the many years at her church she taught Sunday School, worked in Bible School and with G.A.s, sang in the Sanctuary choir and helped with children’s choir. She was most recently an organizing and charter member of the Clarks River DAR, Marshall County.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lee F. Lane; second husband, Eldee Sparrow; three brothers, two sisters; and an infant brother.
She is survived by one sister, Mary Littlejohn of Palma; two daughters, Rita Fentress of Nashville, Tenn. and Karen Howard (and husband Don) of Calvert City; three grandchildren, Anne Fentress Nichols (and husband Tim) of Nashville, Tenn., Ben Fentress of Aspen, Colo., and Drew Postel of Lexington; two great-grandchildren, Eliza and Will Nichols of Nashville, Tenn.; two step-grandsons; two step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Calvert City Building Fund, The American Cancer Society or the Marshall County Humane Society.