Bobby Gene Parks
March 18, 1932 – October 20, 2019
Bobby Gene Parks, 87, of the Catcher Community, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2019 at his home. He was born March 18, 1932 in the Catcher Community of Crawford County to the late Deig and Morene (Smith) Parks. He was a 1950 graduate of Van Buren High School, a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve, and attended OSU. He is a 1980 graduate of Harding University. He was a dairy and vegetable farmer for many years and was named Crawford County Farm Family of the Year in 1960. He was a Church of Christ minister for over 60 years and a member of the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ and former elder.
He retired from Harding University as assistant director of Harding School of Biblical Studies, and was inducted into the Van Buren High School Hall of Honor in 2008. Bobby enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was very outgoing, energetic, had a contagious smile and never met a stranger.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandy Graham of Van Buren; a brother, Wayne Parks; and a grandson, Parker Nelms.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart of 67 years, Sue Corroto Parks of the home; a daughter, Carole Nelms and husband Walter of Little Rock; son-in-law, Steve Graham of Van Buren; granddaughter, Staci Chuculate and husband Brian of Fort Worth; grandsons, Taylor Graham, and Zach Graham and wife Rachael, all of Van Buren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR. Ashes will be interred privately at Gill Cemetery.
The family will visit with friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR.
The family would like to extend their special thanks to Dr. Holly Jennings and the Heart of Hospice Staff.
- Visitation Tuesday, October 22, 2019
- Memorial Service Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Bobby Gene Parks
October 23, 2019
THERE ARE REALLY NOT ENOUGH WORDS OR THE RIGHT KIND OF WORDS THAT CAN TELL HOW PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT BOBBY AND SUE. THEY ARE AND WILL FOREVER BE LOVED BY SO VERY MANY, EXCEPTIONAL COUPLE!!!!! AND SUE I LOVE THE PICTURES.
Clara ( Sissy Bates) Mantooth
October 22, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Me and my brothers Archie, Darrell and Mom and dad worked for Bobby and Sue on the farm. We were teenager back then, and after they stopped farming, we lost touch. We often thought of you and Bobby and would like for you to know that we appreciated all the help Bobby and you gave us through the winter months. Lots of fond memories on the farm.
The Bates Family
October 22, 2019
Bobby was was one of the most upbeat, happy, examples of a Christian I have ever met. I am happy that I had a chance to get to know him and Sue and hope to see his smiling face again in Heaven.
October 21, 2019
My love goes to Sue, Carole & Walter, Taylor, Zach & Rachael, Staci & Brian, Steve Graham, and all of the great grandchildren. My heart is with all of you as you say your final goodbyes in the days ahead. May you feel the comfort from all those who love you, family & friends alike. I have so many wonderful memories of Bobby myself who not only was at one time my boss, but has remained a lifelong friend for many years. He was the most encouraging person I have ever known. His outlook on life and his belief in each person he met was so wonderful. He truly loved people and he never met a stranger. His life is an example of how we all would want to be. I loved his heart and his humor. May we meet on the other side of the sky one day in eternity. God be with each and every one of you. He loved his family so much. You have truly been blessed with a wonderful husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and true friend. We will miss him greatly.