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Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Elwyn Parks

August 20, 1921November 26, 2019
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ELWYN PARKS, born in 1921 near San Diego, California, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 26, 2019. In the words of a cousin, “Elwyn is the most memorable Christian saint I’ve ever known. Exemplary life and witness to the power of God. We are all blessed for knowing him.” Indeed, his life reflected the words of Deuteronomy 6:5, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Elwyn volunteered for the Navy during World War II and served as a Lieutenant Senior Grade. In his 98 years, he had many jobs. He worked his way through college by driving a 4 a.m. milk truck and washing dishes in a sorority house. He graduated from the University of Houston with a major in Pre-Law and a minor in Petroleum Engineering, then went to night school at South Texas College of Law. He worked as a contract attorney for several oil companies during his career, including Kerr-McGee in Oklahoma City and finally Transworld Drilling in Houston. Upon retirement, he became an attorney ad litem, court appointed to act as an advocate for minors in legal matters. He also worked as the Minister of Pastoral Care for Bethel Church of Houston. Elwyn and Anita moved to Fort Smith in 2003, where they were active in the Seniors group at First Baptist Church, and Elwyn taught a Bible study at Methodist Village.

Elwyn is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and John Thomsen; grandson and his wife, Drs. Isaac and Kelly Thomsen; three great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Visitation will be at Edwards Funeral Home, 5-7 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2019.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at First Baptist Church Fort Smith with the Rev. Mark Weaver officiating. Military Honors Ceremony follows at 2:00 p.m. at the National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church Missions Fund, 1400 Grand Ave., Fort Smith AR 72901.

  • FAMILY

  • Suzanne Thomsen and husband John, Daughter
  • Drs. Isaac and Kelly Thomsen, Grandson and wife
  • Elwyn is also survived by his three great-grandchildren and a large extended family.
  • DONATIONS

  • First Baptist Church Missions Fund

Services

  • Viewing and Visitation Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Paul & Peggy Reynoso

December 5, 2019

We knew Elwyn through Bethel Presbyterian Church in Houston. He was heading up the missions program at the time (in the 90s) and he welcomed us as Bethel missionaries. He was one of the most kind-hearted men we have known, and he loved the Lord. We are thankful for having known him, and for the chance to get to know him better in heaven.

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Biography

ELWYN PARKS, born in 1921 near San Diego, California, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 26, 2019. In the words of a cousin, “Elwyn is the most memorable Christian saint I’ve ever known. Exemplary life and witness to the power of God. We are all blessed for knowing him.” Indeed, his life reflected the words of Deuteronomy 6:5, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Elwyn volunteered for the Navy during World War II and served as a Lieutenant Senior Grade. In his 98 years, he had many jobs. He worked his way through college by driving a 4 a.m. milk truck and washing dishes in a sorority house. He graduated from the University of Houston with a major in Pre-Law and a minor in Petroleum Engineering, then went to night school at South Texas College of Law. He worked as a contract attorney for several oil companies during his career, including Kerr-McGee in Oklahoma City and finally Transworld Drilling in Houston. Upon retirement, he became an attorney ad litem, court appointed to act as an advocate for minors in legal matters. He also worked as the Minister of Pastoral Care for Bethel Church of Houston. Elwyn and Anita moved to Fort Smith in 2003, where they were active in the Seniors group at First Baptist Church, and Elwyn taught a Bible study at Methodist Village.

Elwyn is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and John Thomsen; grandson and his wife, Drs. Isaac and Kelly Thomsen; three great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Visitation will be at Edwards Funeral Home, 5-7 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2019.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at First Baptist Church Fort Smith with the Rev. Mark Weaver officiating. Military Honors Ceremony follows at 2:00 p.m. at the National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church Missions Fund, 1400 Grand Ave., Fort Smith AR 72901.