orange city vet wins roof
PHOTO COURTESY BRENDA BEERY
GIMME SHELTER — Spencer Sparks and his wife, Amy, are the winners of Beery Roofing & Redesign’s contest for a free roof for a qualified veteran.

In what now promises to be an annual tradition in West Volusia, a DeLand contractor has awarded a new roof, free of charge, to a military veteran.

For the second time in as many years, Beery Roofing & Redesign LLC is giving away a
replacement roof for a local veteran’s homestead. The 2022 winner is Spencer Sparks,
a former Army specialist who served in the Afghanistan war.

“He was in the Army for four years. He was stationed in Hawaii,” Brenda Beery told The Beacon.

The names of the contestants, all prequalified for residency and meeting other eligibility requirements, were placed in a hat, she said, and Sparks’ name was drawn at random.

As for Sparks’ selection for the big prize, “He was shocked — absolutely,” Beery said.

Sparks’ winning entry into Beery Roofing & Redesign’s contest for a new roof was one of “about 50” entries, Beery said.

“Unbeknownst to him [Sparks], his wife of less than a year, Amy, nominated Spencer for the contest,” Beery added.

She estimated the value of the replacement roof between $12,000 and $15,000. Beery said the new roof will be installed Dec. 9.

Sparks, who spent his youth in DeBary, now lives in Orange City. A 2004 graduate of Deltona High School, Sparks works as a firefighter for the Lake Mary Fire Department.

In addition to being veterans, those entering the free-roof contest must meet other criteria.

“They must be the homeowner,” Beery said. “The residents must live there. They cannot put the home up for sale or a rental. We have to make sure it’s on the west side of the county.”

Beery noted the giving of a new roof for the home of a West Volusia veteran is the Beery family’s way of giving back to the community

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