Louis M. Sparkman
Florida & Marion Co. Pioneer

Word was received at the Star office at noon that Mr. L. M. Sparkman, a pioneer of this county and a brave veteran of the late war, had died and his remains were interred this afternoon. His wife preceded him a year or so ago. He was a good citizen and highly respected. He left several grown children. 

Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-13-1903

Mr. L. M. Sparkman, whose death was recorded yesterday, was not buried in the afternoon as stated, because his body was still warm and it was deemed best to defer the interment until this afternoon. The deceased was a brave veteran, a member of Co. D of the 7th Florida regiment and belonged to Ocala Camp No. 56 of the United Confederate Veterans, who will assist at his burial. 

Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-14-1903


An Inquest

On account of some highly sensational set on foot regarding the sudden death of the aged citizen, L. M. Sparkman, the funeral was postponed Saturday and yesterday morning an inquest was held in E. C. Smith’s undertaking rooms. It seemed that certain parties stated that Bob Sparkman, the old man’s nephew, had quarreled with him, etc., etc., and as Bob was the only person present when he died that they thought foul play had been the cause of his death. These reports came to Bob’s ears and he very properly demanded that the funeral be postponed, and an inquest held. This was done and the verdict was that the old gentleman came to his death from heart failure. There is not now a shadow of suspicion now against his nephew. 

Source: Ocala Evening Star: 3-16-1903

Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers

Note© Linda Flowers...Louis M. Sparkman was born between 1836 and 1840 in Florida. He married Lela Ann Raulerson at New River, FL in 1859.

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