On November 8th, longtime Alice Lloyd College employee Jacqueline “Jackie” Sparkman passed away after a long-fought battle with cancer. Jackie grew up just minutes from campus and was a beloved member of the ALC community throughout her whole life. She began her twenty-two years of service to ALC in May 1997 as the Accounts Receivable Clerk and moved to her most recent position, Coordinator of Community Programs and Assistant to the Director of Development, in 2007. It was through this position that Jackie was able to touch many lives and make a lasting impact on the surrounding ALC Community.
As Coordinator of Community Programs, Jackie was an integral part of the Alice Lloyd College Christmas Pretties Program. Christmas Pretties began in the early days of the Caney Creek Community Center when Ella Geddes, Alice Lloyd’s mother, realized that local families did not have the means to purchase gifts for Christmas. Over the past twelve years, Jackie and her work study students collected, wrapped, and dispersed thousands of Christmas presents to area elementary school students. Jackie’s other duties included maintaining the Craft Shop and supervising the ALC Guest Houses. She also worked closely with organizations such as the Christian Appalachian Project and Mission of Hope to meet the needs of ALC students from food and clothing to hygiene products.
The entire Eagle family is saddened by the loss of one of its members. The outpouring of love from the ALC Community during this time is a testament to the influence her life had and continues to have in the Appalachian region.