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Amanda (Bell) Sparger

October 18, 1927 ~ December 13, 2017 (age 90)

Amanda Sparger, 90, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017 after an extended illness. She grew up in Burlington, N.C. and was the daughter of Dr. Felix O. Bell, M.D. and Zora Medford Bell. After attending Burlington public schools she graduated with a degree in history from Woman's College at the University of North Carolina (now UNC-G). In 1947, Amanda married Jim Sparger, a Greensboro native and World War II veteran. Their marriage included Jim's active duty during the Korean War as well as his forty-year banking career in Greensboro and then Durham. Amanda was actively engaged in the life of her church. Various positions she held were Sunday School teacher, Bible study teacher, circle chairperson, chairperson of many committees and President of Church Women. In 1994, Amanda and Jim retired to Candler. In her later years she was a home-bound member of Trinity Methodist Church in West Asheville. Amanda was predeceased her parents, infant daughter Amanda, and two older brothers, Felix Bell, Jr. and Dick Bell of Burlington. Survivors include Jim, her husband of 70 years; their son, Jay Sparger (Susan) of Leicester; daughter, Meg Hoffman (Ed) of Atlanta and their three grandchildren Sam, Will, and Amanda Sparger. A private memorial service will be held at Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain. Memorials may be made to Cause for Hope, P.O. Box 9012, Atlanta, GA 31106. Condolences to the family can be made at

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