Helen Sparkman Eastland
By Kim Swindell Wood | January 8, 2019 9:22 am
Helen Sparkman Eastland, 95, passed away peacefully, on Jan. 6, 2019, at NHC Place at the Trace, in Nashville
She was born on Aug. 25, 1923 in Doyle, to Jere Baxter Sparkman and Geneva Helen McReynolds Sparkman.
She graduated from White County High School, in 1941. She married William “Bill” Frederick Eastland, on April 30, 1949, in Sparta.
She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University, in 1964, and later a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Tennessee, in 1974. She started working at the White County Hospital, in Sparta, after nursing school and continued onto have an exceptional nursing career, working as an instructor and head nurse of medical-surgical nursing at White County Hospital and later at Saint Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
She continued her teaching career at the University of Tennessee, in 1969, and Tennessee State University as an assistant professor of nursing, in 1979. She cherished her role as a teacher and bedside nurse, especially in the field of obstetrics. After her retirement in 1994, she went on to enjoy gardening. She especially loved roses and participated in The Rose Society at the Botanical Hall at Cheekwood Gardens.
She and Bill celebrated 60 years of marriage prior to his passing, in 2009. She was a long-time member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Eastland; parents Jere Baxter Sparkman and Geneva Helen McReynolds Sparkman; and brothers Horace Sparkman and Hubert Sparkman.
She is survived by her sister, Hazel Eller; daughter Anne (Mike) Massieu; John L. Chitwood; and granddaughters, Katie Chitwood Briggs and Stacie Chitwood Miller.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m., Jan. 9, 2019, Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Franklin, with the funeral at 11 a.m. The Rev. David Bradley and Dr. Craig Geoff will officiate. Interment to follow at Williamson Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made for the advancement of nursing education to the Foundation for Geriatric Education 100 E. Vine St. #1400, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130.
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, in Franklin, is in charge of arrangements.