Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 18, 2014

Sparks, Waddell in Carter Coronor’s race

GRAYSON — Incumbent George A. Sparks of Grayson will face challenger William Waddell of Olive Hill in the Democratic primary election for the Carter County coroner’s seat.

No Republicans filed for the post, meaning the winner of the May 20 primary is assured a four-year term of office. If Sparks wins, it will be his fifth term.

Waddell, a lifelong resident of the Olive Hill area and a 1982 graduate of West Carter High School, has owned Globe Funeral Chapel for 15 years, and has been a licensed funeral director since 2003. Waddell said he and his proposed deputy coroner, who has declined to identify at this time, will have combined experience exceeding 74 years, with a commitment to serving Carter County residents and responding “any time day or night” if called upon.

“We feel it is time for a change,” Waddell said, adding he is committed to providing county officials with official paperwork in a timely manner, if elected.

Waddell is married to Viola Markwell Waddell, and they have four children: Chesla, Kelly, Channing and Chaston.

Sparks, who was born in Grayson and grew up in Dayton, Ohio, has been owner and president of Sparks Funeral Home since 1977, with 16 years of experience as the county’s coroner. A licensed funeral director and licensed embalmer since 1978, Waddell said he will continue to work with his deputy coroners, Jason Duvall and Ronnie Wallace.

“I think our experience speaks for itself and we want to continue to do that job,” Sparks said.

Sparks and his wife, Edith, have two children and five grandchildren.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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