OBITUARY

Parks Thornton John Terry

February 11, 1986July 4, 2019

Terry, Parks Thornton John fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Beloved son of Richard T. Terry and Martha V. Wolfner; dear brother of Margaret Wolfner Terry; dear grandson of John Walter Wolfner, Sr. and the late Margaret Mary Fox Wolfner, Kent J. and Elizabeth C. Terry; dear nephew of Kent J. (Sylvia) Terry, Jr., Charles W. (Nancy) Terry, Margaret M. (Ian) Davies, John Walter Wolfner, Jr., Thomas P. Wolfner, Gregory F. (Terri) Wolfner, Mary R. Wolfner and the late Melinda A. Wolfner, our dear cousin, uncle and friend to many.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at The Church of the Annunziata, 9305 Clayton Rd., Ladue, MO. Following Mass family and friends are invited to a reception in the new lower Church Hall (Faris Hall). In honor of Parks, memorials to the Churchill School or the Annunziata St. Vincent de Paul Society appreciated.

  • FAMILY

  • Richard Thornton Terry, Father
  • Martha Victoria Wolfner, Mother
  • Margaret Wolfner Terry, Sister
  • Kent J. Terry, Grandfather
  • Elizabeth C. Terry, Grandmother
  • John Walter Wolfner Sr., Grandfather
  • Margaret Mary Fox Wolfner, Grandmother
  • Kent (Sylvia) J. Terry Jr., Uncle
  • Charles (Nancy) W. Terry, Uncle
  • Margaret (Ian) Davies, Aunt
  • John Walter Wolfner Jr., Uncle
  • Thomas Wolfner, Uncle
  • Gregory (Terri) Wolfner, Uncle
  • Mary R. Wolfner, Aunt
  • Melinda Wolfner, Aunt
  • Our dear cousin, uncle and friend to many.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Churchill School
  • Annunziata St. Vincent de Paul Society

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, July 18, 2019

Memories

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Gavin Smith

July 18, 2019

Parks Terry-From walking into Tom Sederburg’s back porch on that hot, Weds., July 26th day of 2017, along with Mark & Tracy Kelly in route to the zoo you instantly had me laughing with your bent bill (hat), duds (the famous Parks Terry boots) & the cross necklace, I knew from the start I could be friends with you. Thank you Tom Sederburg for introducing me to Parks Terry. I will never forget that night & will always cherish the time spent with you from the in depth conversations, workouts, times spent @ my house, the lingo we shared & the social events. Thank you for introducing me to one of your close friends & now a great friend to me the night I met GERTRUDE, GERT, GERTIE Carlisle!!! How much havoc did all three of us wreak that night?
Although I met you in 2017 it was the similarities I shared with you that had nothing to do with sports that made the friendship very unique & different than most. Parks-You were a TRUE friend to me, not an acquaintance from the day I met you until the last day I spoke to you a few days prior to your passing. Parks Terry, your memories will last a lifetime!! U DIG? Bye Felicia! Cletus! Until we meet again, my friend!

Anne Jones

July 16, 2019

A boisterous entrance with a smile that filled the room--that will always be the Parks we know and love. Eyes that sparkled and shined with excitement as he told his story or listened to ours. A loud laugh followed by a "Let's Do It" or "Let's Make that Happen" or "It's Happening Baby" could often be overheard in a large crowded room when Parks was speaking to people. It was that optimism and genuine zest for life that drew people to Parks--his sincere compassion for others solidified his friendships forever. Parks influenced others to live life to their fullest by showcasing his spontaneous energy and contagious smile, and more so, his belief that anything was possible, that hard work paid off and if all else failed, " It's Doable--Let's make that happen"! To Martha Victoria Wolfner, Richard Thornton Terry, Margaret, and the extended families---The Jones family sends you our prayers and a reminder that Parks touched our hearts forever, and our fondest memories of him will last our lifetime.

Eleanor Kuebel

July 16, 2019

It was a teacher's dream come true to have Parks in my classroom. That smile, personality, eyes, love for life knocked me over. I have a vivid memory of him playing on the left side in the back of the room looking at him and thinking he has truly touched my heart. I fell in love with him and thought about him often when I would have memories of Oak Hill.
A few years ago, I was at a gas station and saw an extremely handsome man who had the face of a grown up Parks. I asked his name, told him mine, and in a second there was that smile and I was in a big hug. He wanted to know about my life. Can you imagine? He took the time and you could tell he was genuinely interested. What a blessing to see him and I called Betty Horn the moment I got in the car.
Martha, you always had Margaret and Parks foremost on your mind. Truly, you are an amazing mother. What a Mama Bear!
My prayes are with you and love to you and Margaret.

Betty Horn

July 16, 2019

I have the picture still in my mind of meeting Parks. He was with his Mom, Dad and sister. I was a Kindergarten teacher at Oak Hill school and the family was taking a look. From the moment I met him, I loved him. Ralph Lauren to a "t", the littlest dock siders you could imagine, but the blue eyes took over. Such a sweet, polite and fun child. He became part of the school and I was so grateful to have him in my class. I loved his family and sister and the corners of my mouth turn up at the sound of his name.
You are at peace and you will be remembered always. God bless your Mom, Dad and Margaret. With Love, Betty Albus Horn.....

stephanie zornes

July 16, 2019

I was one of Park's teachers at Ladue High School- he was one of my favorite students and always had a smile on his face and so much energy!! I truly loved him and hope he is at peace:) God Bless you and keep you Parks xoxo

Stephanie Zornes

Courtney Parmenter

July 14, 2019

I am sending so much love to the entire Wolfner/Terry family. I am thinking about Parks' most amazing mother, Martha and his incredibly loving sister, Margaret, and praying continuously for some comfort at this most difficult time. The memories I have of Parks are so vivid from the earlier days in ocean reef (1990's) until the most special time this past Christmas dinner. I still can see us all sitting around the dining room table talking about the childhoods that were shared, catching up on the in-between when apart, and then the magic of all being together again and picking up right where we left off. The laughter was loud and contagious and after dinner, we sent roman candles towards heaven where I know you are wrapped in God's loving arms and truly at peace. Parks, your kindness, your love of family, big smile, and easy banter will always have the most indelible mark when thinking about all the memories I was blessed to have with you. I miss you so much. Rest in Peace, you handsome and beautiful soul. I love you, Courtney

Tiffany Sauer

July 12, 2019

Parks was a very kind and caring person. I only got to know him for a few short years, but I will always remember his smile. I never saw him without a smile on his face. He had one of those contagious smiles to. And with his sense of humor he could make anyone laugh. He will be missed by so many. It was a privilege to know him. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Love Tiffany Sauer

Cheryl Roth

July 12, 2019

Dear Margaret and family. While I did not know Parks I do know Margaret very well. Parks had to be an incredible human being just like his sister. The Roth family is sending you love and wishing you all peace. Cheryl Steve Justin Casey and Deniz Roth

Sarah Mensio

July 12, 2019

Parks was a special kind of person. One of a kind was always trying to do anything to help. He was one person who could handle my Rottweiler. He loved that dog he actually took care of him for a summer and would always make sure he was taking care of. Parks and I grew together and had a one of a kind friendship . I can't believe this happened to such a great person but we didn't know what he was fighting with in his life . May he finally be at rest.. He will be missed by many.

Love Sarah and Mike and Matt

Maggie Downen

July 11, 2019

I met Parks on June 9th, 2019 on vacation with my friends in the Keys.
I can't put into words how sincere and special this guy was. We met through our mutual friend, Troy Phillipps, and spent several days laughing and enjoying so many fun times.
A couple of memories I will never forget:
1. We were taking the 61' Bertram out with a small crew. I could feel the sea sickness coming on not long after we left the marina, but was mentally WILLING myself to keep it together in front of this seasoned crew. After awhile, I tried to sneak off to the cabin down below because I knew I wouldn't be able to maintain much longer. I'm laying on one of the beds with cold wash rags wrapped around my head. Not a minute later, Parks comes barreling through the door, white as a ghost, and bellows, "You sick too, Magee?!?" We spent the rest of the ride trying to talk each other through it and trading cold wash rags.
2. When my vacation was almost over and everyone was exchanging goodbyes, Parks was the last friend I talked to. He ran out behind me to help put my things in the truck and gave me such a warm send-off. I'll never forget us laughing and talking about how great the last couple of days had been. He was the kind of person who would open himself up and share a deep sentiment from his soul with you. I'll never forget his beautiful words about the big man upstairs and how lucky and blessed we were to enjoy a couple of days in the Keys.
Even though I just met Parks, I am so forever grateful I had the chance.
He had such a beautiful smile and soul.
-Maggie Downen
Shawneetown, IL

FROM THE FAMILY