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OBITUARY

M. Lee Parks Jr.

June 19, 1950August 2, 2020

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, Melvin Lee Parks, Jr. passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2020 at his home in Nanticoke, MD. (Age: 70) Born in Pulaski, VA, he was the son of the late Melvin Parks, Sr. and Marlene Swindle Parks.

He married Loralie Tate Parks, his loving wife of 48 years, in 1972. Completing his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1981, Lee began a long and enjoyable career with DuPont in Wilmington, DE.

One of the highlights of his position was the four years his family spent living in Tokyo, Japan where he had regional responsibilities. This allowed the family to travel extensively in Asia. After returning to the US, Lee and Loralie continued to travel throughout the world. Upon retiring they continued their love of travel by selling their home, buying an RV and spending eight wonderful years traveling.

As much as Lee enjoyed traveling, his true love was spending time with his children (Raymond Scott Parks of Austell Ga and Michelle Scheibe of Kennett Square, Pa). Upon settling down in Nanticoke, MD, Lee was able to enjoy lots of family visits. He loved time spent with son-in-law Paul Scheibe and grandsons, Christian and Henry, fishing and crabbing. He enjoyed visiting them in PA as well, where he was the proud grandfather of two terrific athletes.

Memories of this kind and gentle man will live on in his family as well as his with his in-laws (Ray and Verna Orendorf of Nanticoke, MD) , surviving brother (David Parks and wife Elaine of Roanoke, VA) special niece (Josie Johnson of Manassas, VA), and his many friends and co-workers.

Always the optimist, one of Lee’s sayings in the last few days was “Remember Loralie the glass is still half full. I may have to change the size of the glass, but it’s still half full.”

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation to your local charity of choice. And like Lee, be kind and gentle.

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Karen O'Neill

August 30, 2020

Dear Parks family,

Nishimachi International School sends its deepest condolences for the loss of Mr. Parks. We share in your grief and are holding your family in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything that you would like for us to share with any of our staff. Take care.

Sincerely yours,

Karen O'Neill
Head of School

Josie Johnson

August 23, 2020

Part 2

I am happy to have my own moments with him, but I will also be eternally grateful for how close he was with my mom, and the gracious support that they gave throughout difficult times in her life. It also brings warmth to my heart to see him interact with his wife of many (many) years, Loralie, and how dedicated and obviously in love and in sync they were. Loralie is such a great addition to his life and our family, and I’m glad he was able to have someone so strong, loyal, and kind to share his life with. As a testament to their bond and quality of character, they have raised two amazing children who are unique in their own sense, and who clearly love and value him dearly. I don’t have many clear role models for that level of companionship in families or relationships, but I am glad to have been able to be a part of this one.

The world has really lost one of the few decent and honest men, one who has touched many lives and hearts. Whatever you believe and wherever you believe souls reside, I’m sure the place is quivering in its boots now that mom and Lee are there to cause a ruckus.

Josie Johnson

August 23, 2020

Part 1

Not many of you know my mom’s family (in fact, it’s so big and branching that I don’t think it’s possible!). But if you knew my mom, I hope you also had the privilege and pleasure of knowing her brother, Lee Parks.

There’s not much I can say that hasn’t been beautifully said by his kind, loving wife and wonderful children. So I will try to share some of my memories of him, and some happy moments that he brought to both mom and I. I will always treasure how happy he and his amazing wife Loralie made my mom, whether it was going to Vegas for the first time and riding a helicopter (which she never shut up about, even years later), or taking her down to see her family in Blacksburg. The peanut butter sandwich breaks for snacks so he didn’t get “grumpy”. Stopping by the potato chip factory off of Route 11 and getting fresh chips, and going to Johnny Appleseed on the route “down home”. Making detours (whether long or short) just because there was a “cool place” he or Loralie wanted to check out (usually antiques or some small local gem of a shop or restaurant). The atrocious pink carpet and uncomfortable futon they had to endure in the basement in the Ashburn house when they came to stay with us (I know it was the 90s, but that was still a REALLY ugly color). The fact that I never got mom’s famous peach cobbler unless they visited.

Joan Starkey

August 21, 2020

Hi Loralei,
Wes and I saw your husband's obituary in The Floyd Press this week. We wanted to express our sympathy, and to let you know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Both of us put in 30 years of teaching/coaching in Floyd County. We're semi-retired now. Wes has a business, Inside Pitch Promotions, in North Carolina. We are online at insidepitchpromotions.com. We still live in Floyd and have one daughter who is a high school administrator in Arlington, VA. You were a great teacher, and I always admired your discipline techniques and rapport with the kids. Wes and I have been married 41 years. I am sure you will miss Lee terribly after being together so long. May the good Lord reach down and comfort you and your family as only He can. Take care.

Marilyn Abel

August 16, 2020

I'm so sad to hear of Lee’s passing, he was such a kind and giving man. I send my love and blessings out to the whole family.
Peace be with you,
Marilyn

Tammy Stoe

August 16, 2020

I knew Melvin Parks as Lee Parks and he was my favorite when I married into the Orendorf family in 1983. He was not a very loquacious man but he always had a grin on his face and ensured that all family members and friends who were present were always included in the activities. After leaving the Orendorf family in 1996, and moving on with my own life, and when my third son entered graduate school in January 2020 at Virginia Tech, I began having very vivid images of an old, Virginia Tech t-shirt but could not quite place what it correlated with and then one day the vision was so clear and I thought 'Lee Parks..." Oh my God, Lee Parks always wore an old, Virginia Tech t-shirt and now my son is attending Virginia Tech. Well, it is safe to say, if there is any great philomath out there for my son to emulate it would be Lee Parks. He was a true scholar and a wonderful man to know.

Jimmy Clark

August 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of Melvin's passing. I attended grade school and high school with him and Wayne. Sat behind Melvin in Mrs. Totten's Class and he helped me get through Math. He was such a sharp, nice and friendly guy, none no better. May nothing but fond memories fill your hearts and minds and comfort you at this time. There is another Bright Star in the Heavens!!! Bless all of you!
Jimmy Clark

Daniel Orendorf

August 13, 2020

Loralie: I am sorry for your loss and at the same time, I experience a sense of relief to know that he is no longer suffering. You two experienced a phenomenal life adventure and I am sure that will bring you comfort in the future.

Jerry Ratcliffe

August 12, 2020

I was heartbroken to learn of Lee's passing. We grew up together and shared so many life experiences together, played football and ran track together. We actually double-dated to a football game together back in the college days and I later was honored to participate in Lee and Loralie's wedding. Last time I saw him was at a class reunion back home, but he hadn't changed that much. True love will do that for you, and I know he and Loralie were a great love story. I tried to keep up with them via email for awhile but the rigors of my job and them traveling all over the nation challenged me to do my part. I'm saddened that I didn't get to catch up with my pal and talk about old times. My thoughts are with Loralie and the family. I will never forget what a great guy he was and all the great times we had together, and saddened that in this difficult times that our "neighborhood" bunch who grew up together can't get together to memoralize such a fun and great friend. Rest in Peace my friend. We love you. -- Jerry Ratcliffe

Janie Hurd Akers

August 12, 2020

Lorelei & David, I am very sad to hear about Melvin. May God Bless you and your families. Janie, Class of '68..

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