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Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Aleen S Parks

August 26, 1925July 13, 2019
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Aleen Sampson Parks, 93, left us to go home on July 13, 2019. Born on August 26, 1925 in Corbin, Kentucky, this extraordinary, caring and loving woman will be missed by many. A lifelong member of South Knoxville Church of God, Aleen taught Sunday school for many years, made lots of quilts and led the ladies auxiliary in making the best hot tamales in town. After raising her two boys, she enjoyed finding work and fellowship in providing food services for students in Knox County. Aleen loved working, traveling and gardening but she especially loved having company and always had the gift of hospitality. Her home was always a special place full of love and peace; where fresh biscuits and homemade apple butter were always on the menu. Family and friends were always welcome. Preceded in death by her son, James L. Parks; husband, of 43 years, L.W. Parks; mother, Mary Ella Sampson; father, Oscar W. Silcox; sisters, Marcella Mills, Mary Jo Sams, Charlotte Whitney and Sharon (Pat) Reynolds. She leaves her son, Randy Parks and his wife, Melissa; grandchildren, Emily Parks, John Parks and wife Kyra, Jessica Parks Janes and husband Jerrod; great grandchildren Ellen and Mary Elizabeth Parks and Willa Janes. She also leaves her brother, Bill Sampson, sister, Judy Cox, sisters, Juanita Silcox and Joyce Moody; brothers, Don and Bill Silcox; sister in law, Helen Parks; special cousin, Marilyn Thomas and special friends and relatives too numerous to name. Receiving of friends will be at Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Highway, on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Family and friends will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery, 4500 Woodlawn Pike at 10:45am on Friday, July 19, 2019 for an 11:00 am graveside service officiated by Robert Branch. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation to http://www.CureSMA.org, a fund raising organization dedicated to the cure of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a type of Muscular Dystrophy.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, July 19, 2019

Memories

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Joyce Moody

July 18, 2019

Aleen was my sister and my best friend. . We shared so much as sisters do. She was always there for me when I had a need. Enjoyed our times together in her home. Her home was a place to relax and feel so safe. We had a lot of fun times where we laughed until we cried. My sister, Charlotte, was with us many times. Aleen and Charlotte were so much a like in personality, calm and so reassuring. I will miss her in my life. Also, I want to thank Marilyn and Bill for their dedication to Aleen. Her love expressed many times for these two wonderful people.

Judy Cox

July 18, 2019

Aleen, my sister, my friend, my confidant, my encourager, what a blessing she was to me, our family, and all who met her. She had all the fruits of the Holy Spirit and definitely the gift of hospitality. Making tamales together, playing cards around her table, or just sitting on her back porch with a cup of coffee will always be some of my most precious memories. She lived the words of Jesus loving God with all your mind, soul, and strength and loving your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31). She was an example of what Christians should be...not perfect, but always striving to glorify God. Thank you, God, for Aleen, and thank you, Aleen, for loving us.

William Silcox Jr

July 17, 2019

I have so many fond memories of Aleen and her entire family in my youth years in Louisville Ky and visits to her home in Knoxville Tn.
She was always a thoughtful host and a pleasure to be around , and her meals were wonderful and she prepared them so easily in the
Great Tennessee Country style. My mother in law Ursula von Koskull, from Berlin Germany , once visited the Parks in Knoxville and was so impressed with her visit there and a camping trip to the Smokey mountains , that she carried the memory to her death and always recalled the visit a highlight of her life . Her memory for the time she always described as “PARADISE “
What a wonderful sister she was . We have been so blessed to have her and her entire family in our lives . Cherished memories that will never be forgotten. She enriched our lives and will be greatly missed. William O Silcox Jr and family.

Hal Womble

July 17, 2019

It is nearly impossible to reflect on my childhood without thinking of Aunt Aleen. Her door was always open for my siblings and I, and we all loved her so. She was an outstanding example to us all of a quiet spirit and a loving heart. I will miss you greatly, Aunt Aleen.

Traci Hawkins

July 17, 2019

I remember Aileen most of all from the family reunions we went to in KY when I was growing up and how she and mamaw was ALWAYS cooking. Also every year at the church making hot tamales. She was a beautiful and kind soul and I know she'll be missed by all her family and friends. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Leah Cox

July 17, 2019

I will always remember Aleen as a beautiful person inside and out. Her kindness and sweet disposition always gave my spirits a lift. My husband, Alan and I send our sympathies to all of those in her family. We will miss her earthly presence. However, we will always carry special memories of this sweet lady in our hearts.
Leah Cox and Alan Wallace

Martha Worsham

July 17, 2019

Thoughts and prayers to all the family in the loss of this very sweet and godly lady. May you find comfort and peace in the Lord.
(Martha and Andy Worsham)

Faye Hayes

July 17, 2019

Aleen was such a special lady and friend. I am one of the quilters, that she quilted with. It won"t be the same without her. I loved her dearly and can:t say enough good things about her. Randy you and your family will be in my prayers. God Bless all of you .Faye Hayes

Candi Desanti

July 17, 2019

My condolences to the family.
I will never forget Ms.Aleen, we were friends for 11 years. Her and her sister Marcella were my first clients, they were inseparable delivering there papers. They had more pep than most of us, right to the end! She lived life to the fullest with no complaints. I will never forget the day she left my home and was a car accident and sent to the hospital and all she worried about was the permanent wave I just gave her, she wanted to make sure her hair still looked good. lol. She was a fighter, with a scence of humor a loving heart and a smile I will never forget. Rest in peace Beautiful Lady, you will be truly missed but never forgotten..

Connie Kendall

July 15, 2019

Aleen was an amazing lady! She always seemed so youthful - so fun-loving and such a joy to be around! She was a blessing to all who knew her! She will surely be missed.....

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