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Loretta A Parker

June 29, 1927October 12, 2021
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Loretta A. Parker (Yocum) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born June 29, 1927, in Overcup, Arkansas, to Payton and Velma Yocum. She graduated from Morrilton High School in 1944 and went on to attend the Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas) studying Home Economics and Textiles. She married the love of her life, Douglas W. Parker on September 17, 1945, in Little Rock, Arkansas. When Douglas was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps, they moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where they resided from 1945 to 1948. Following Douglas’s graduation from the University of Arkansas, they moved to Fort Smith where they would live out their lives. Loretta embodied the best of the “Greatest Generation,” in that she modeled love of family, civic engagement, and love of God. To say Loretta was involved in the Fort Smith community would be an understatement. She held over thirty leadership positions throughout the city, including twenty-four years on the Sparks Hospital Foundation board, serving as the president of the Sparks Hospital Guild, ten years on the Fort Smith Parking Authority, the Fort Smith Public Schools where she served as the Northside High School PTA president, a founding member of the Hardscrabble Garden Club, and multiple times as president of Chapter F PEO, where she was a sister for fifty-seven years. She impacted numerous lives through her service to the Fort Smith First United Methodist Church where she served as a trustee of the church, president of United Methodist Women, a choir member, a youth counselor, and as a board member of both the Administration and Foundation boards. At her core, Loretta Parker was an upstanding woman who would do anything for her loved ones. A true lady, who epitomized elegance, beauty, morality, and character. She found joy in the world through her sharp wit, wonderful sense of humor, and intellectual curiosity. She will be missed by all those who had the pleasure to have ever known her. Loretta was preceded in death by five sisters, one brother, her beloved son, Dr. Douglas W. Parker Jr., and her husband and love of her life for seventy-three years, Douglas W. Parker Sr. She is survived by her son, Kyle D. Parker and his wife Renee; Melissa Parker, her daughter-in-law, and her sister Carolyn Yarbrough (Bobby). She left behind four grandchildren, Ashley Parker, Brandon Parker (Jessica), Marshall Parker, and Christian Parker; two great-grandchildren, Wade and Zoie Parker, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held at Edwards Funeral Home on Sunday, October 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Following a private family committal at Rose Lawn cemetery, the memorial service and celebration of life will be held in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church on Monday, October 18, at 10:00 am. Pallbearers will be Loretta’s three grandsons and her great-grandson, as well as Dr. John Watts, and James Kimbrough. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education or the First United Methodist Church of Fort Smith.

A special thank you from the family for her wonderful care-givers: Chana Willyard, Mary Edith Cypert, Virginia Abshere, Chicago Breedlove, Annette Polk, Victoria Alvarado, Priscilla Myers, and the staff of Heart of Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to: www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Grandsons
  • Great grandson
  • John Watts
  • James Kimbrough
  • DONATIONS

  • Arkansas College of Health Education
  • First United Methodist Church of Fort Smith

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 17, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, October 18, 2021

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Darlene Rogers

October 18, 2021

This gracious beautiful lady will be so missed. Just loved her and her wonderful ways. She was so kind to me and all my staff at my small shop where she visited so often over the many years and sent so many other wonderful people to my business and supported it . My prayers go out to all her family members and my thanks for her contribution to our community. She was a true blessing to be around.

Harriett Jane Parker

October 18, 2021

Loretta, my sister-in-law, was always a charming and caring person. She was a devoted wife to my brother Douglas, and tender mother and grandmother to her sons and their families. She graciously played second fiddle to a lot of fish! She was a true partner. We will all miss her soft voice, her concern for each of us, and her devotion to family.

Judy REMER

October 18, 2021

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your Mother.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jon and Judy Remer

Chicago Breedlove

October 17, 2021

I had the privilege of being one of Mrs. Parkers caregivers. Let me tell you, God knew what he was doing putting us together! Mrs. Parker and I had so much fun together! We had Sunday Fundays every Sunday.. we laughed together, we cried together, we worshiped at Church together in her living room. She was one of the smartest, and strongest women Ive ever known. She has taught me so much about life, love, and marriage. She will always be in my heart and I will miss her everyday. God Bless her and her wonderful family.

With Love,
Chicago Breedlove ❤️

Virginia Abshere

October 15, 2021

Loretta was a very great lady. So honored to be a part of her life. My Prescious Lady Bug. I will miss you.

beth stephens

October 15, 2021

What can one say about such a dynamic, precious and true Lady?
I was lucky enough to call her my big sister and be her friend.
The community has lost a valuable treasure.
She and Douglass were such an inspiration to everyone around them.
As sweethearts, parents and community leaders, they were the very best.
Wishing you all peace and prayers.
Beth and Bobby Stephens.

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