Clarence Monroe Parker

May 16, 1931May 28, 2018
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Clarence Monroe Parker, Jr., 87, passed away peacefully May 28, 2018. He was born in Yeager, OK to Monroe and Edna Parker of Ada. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Nina Barrett. Survivors include his wife, Peggy, of almost 68 years, his daughter, Judi Carson and husband Bob and his son, Mark and wife Donna; grandchildren Matt Carson, Eric Carson, Linsey Cunningham, Kylie Vincent, Coleman Parker, Hilari Hamblin, Stephen Carson, as well as his brother, Robert Parker and sister, Frances McKinnis.

In 1949, Clarence received his education for ministry at Bethany Nazarene College. He married Peggy Henry on June 9, 1950 and in 1953 he obtained his license for ministry. Under his leadership as pastor, a Nazarene church was formed in Derby, Kansas in 1956. His next pastoral appointment was in Holdenville, OK from 1960 to 1966.

After a career transition, he received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma and moved to Edmond in 1968. There at Central State University, he became a professor teaching philosophy, logic, and death and dying and was elected Faculty Senate President. He also taught death and dying classes at McAlister State Prison. In 1993, he retired from Central State University (UCO) after 25 years.

He was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in OKC. In the past years he volunteered delivering meals. Even in his later life, Dr. Parker always got a kick out of having a discussion on logic with any willing participant he could find. He was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather and, we will miss him so much.

The family wishes to thank Companion Hospice Care for the love and compassion shown Clarence in the last weeks of life.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 1, 2018

Clarence Monroe Parker

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Melissa Bagy

July 1, 2018

I took care of Clarence at Bradford Village AL.I was there the day him and his bride,Peggy,arrived and I was there when he went home.I remember his wisecracks when I gave him his pills and his ability to hold a conversation.He was funny,always made me smile,never afraid to talk to me,and never,ever made me feel like I was beneath him.I miss his smile,glad I still have Peggy to keep me entertained.I am glad you are home,Clarence,may your soul be at peace.

Suzanne Pham

June 26, 2018

I so fondly remember meeting Papa for the first time at my husband Matt's college graduation party. It was my first time to meet Matt's extended family, and the bear hug and welcoming smile I received from Papa that day set the tone of how I was welcomed by the entire family. Papa was such a rock for the family and truly an inspirational role model. His intellect and spirit of inquiry led to wonderful conversations during our visits. He was unfailingly supportive of my husband and I during the major transitions of our lives. We will never forget his trip up to Chicago to visit us and taking him and Gee on the "El" train. He was such a trooper and went all around the city with us with such aplomb. I know his love and support has truly gotten my husband/his grandson Matt where he is today. Matt has shared with me that Papa was a major inspiration for him to pursue higher education. One of Matt's proudest days was when he was able to give Papa his doctoral thesis and see him read it. We are so fortunate that our children Emilia and Maxwell were able to meet and make memories with their great-grandfather. We love and miss Papa dearly.

Linsey Cunningham

June 18, 2018

I have so many happy memories with Papa. Some of the best memories are those made on the trips that Papa and Gee would take us grandkids on every summer. Papa never failed to say “and away we go” every time we pulled out of the driveway to go on those trips. Or anywhere for that matter. And those road trips were full of singing! He would always sing “there’s a hole in the bottom of the sea” or “raindrops are falling on my head.” His favorite story to tell was when the lights went out on one of those trips and I cried. He thought that was so funny! He even said to me the day before he passed “remember when the lights went out?” He said it with a smile even then. I will also never forget Papa’s hugs. He gave the tightest hugs in town. I will sure miss those.

Rhonda Schmidt

June 9, 2018

I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Clarence. He was such a great and funny storyteller and I miss that. Much love and prayers for you all. Rhonda