He had lived in Southeast Missouri and the Dexter area all of his life. He was a Baptist and had worked as a carpenter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
On July 4, 1942, he was married to Wanda Hyslop in Acorn Ridge.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda Parks of Dexter; three daughters, Lisa Coleman of Dexter, Kathy Holt of Nampa, Idaho, and Jeanie Lantz of South Carolina; one son, Dale Parks of Dexter; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Doyle Parks and one sister, Bonnie Christian.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Karen Oldham and Bonnie Cross, both of Dexter, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery near Puxico with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.