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Tracy Parnell

September 15, 1955November 13, 2020

Tracy A. Parnell, 65, of Hot Springs, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those who loved him.

Tracy was born in El Dorado, Arkansas to the late Paul and Gladys Boyd Parnell. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Richard Owens, Rodney Parnell, and Jerry Lynn Harrell.

Tracy owned and operated TAPS Transportation for many years. A Vietnam War veteran, he will be remembered for his kindness and his strength.

Tracy is survived by his wife, Sharon Golden- Parnell; daughter, Melissa Farmer (Alvin); grandchildren, Marley and Gino Farmer; sister-in laws, Belinda Webb (Bobby)and Lisa Endrulat; brothers Barry Owens (Patty) and Mike Owens; nieces Carla, Nikki, Megan, Crystal, and Pamela; nephews Levi, Michael, Roddy, Paul, and Derick; great nephews Zachary, Cayden, and Kyler; and his family of friends- Paul East, David Moore, Warren Stark, and Jerry Perkins.

The family would like to thank the Hot Springs Baptist Prayer Group: Rev. Mike Smith, Pat High, Larry Brown, and Mike Marcetti, for their continued lifting up Tracy and family; all the angels at Kindred Hospice, for facilitating a comfortable transition which was peaceful, kind, and full of love; the VA Clinic in Hot Springs (especially Nurse Meredith); the VA Oncology and Palliative Care Units in Little Rock; and the VA Chaplain Dianne Swiam. Thank you.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hot Springs Baptist Church, 144 Weston Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913.

A Celebration of Tracy’s Life will be held at a later date.



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Megan Endrulat Kroeker

November 22, 2020

The last time is was able to spend with you came to such an important event for me. You were all smiles as usual, and aunt Sharon the same, I love you both so very much. Both you and aunt sharon have beautiful souls. You will be truly missed.

Howard Mooney

November 21, 2020

Tracy was a great Fellow and Byrdi and I will truley Miss Him.
Rest in Peace my Friend and Bless your Wife and Family.

Pam Hawthorn

November 20, 2020

Barry & family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting Tracy when you & I worked at the bank. He was always so nice. Thoughts & prayers for your family.

Renee Stacks

November 19, 2020

I called him Tap and he moved me, my sister, and son several times . He was the best, always friendly and pleasant. He would say, “ bring me your bedskirt before we put the top mattress on , I am so saddened to hear of his death but we know where he is.

Leci Spigner

November 18, 2020

I'll never forget getting up every morning for about 10 years straight going to work with Uncle Tracy. There were times I would over sleep and phone would ring and he say "Levi you coming to work today?" Or he would come by the house and pick me up. The long moves we would go on cause we would always listen to Western stories being read on the radio. I didn't wanna leave from working with him but I found a job working for the fire department. Never will forget growing up and spending it down in deer camp having a good time. I love you Uncle Tracy!!!! Until we meet again you will truly be missed and loved by many.

Sharon Parnell

November 18, 2020

Sharon Parnell

November 18, 2020

Sharon Parnell

November 18, 2020

David Moore

November 18, 2020

The first time I met Tracy, he’d come to my store to pickup something and deliver it for a customer. He’d pulled up in the front, big old red Chevy truck pulling a big ol trailer with TAPS big as day written on the side. When he got in the store I asked if I could help him and he told me he was there to pickup for a customer. I told him all pickups were done in the back. Tracy being Tracy torts back, “What is it and where is it?” So I show him and he says, “We’ll take it out the front,” (I think it was a sofa), and with that he and his helper grab it and head for the front door! Now I’m not used ta anyone not doing what I request on my own property, so you can imagine the tongue chewing I was doing. Anyway, after they got it loaded, Tracy comes back in the store and tells me thanx and hands me his card telling me ta call ifn I need any help.
Years later we’re talking and I asked him if he remembered that. He says he doesn’t, and I remind him of the card. It had the usual business stuff, but it also had the Christian fish symbol. I told him that in all my years of business he was the first and last person that I’d ever known ta use that symbol in business and live up to it.

RIP Mr. Parnell, you are missed


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