Mr. Thomas “Tom” Sparkman, 81, recording engineer with Mercury and Columbia Records, died Monday, September 14, 2009 at his residence in Columbus, Tenn.
The Maury County native was the son of the late Alexander Patton “Mr. L.” Sparkman and Leonie Hardison Sparkman and grew up in the Carter’s Creek Community. Upon graduation from Columbia Central High School in 1945 he entered David Lipscomb College. After just a semester, he joined the U. S. Navy, serving two years during World War II. Following discharge, he completed another year of college at Peabody before leaving for New York City to study at the RCA Institute, a technical school for radio and television.