FRANK DENNIS PARKER
Frank Dennis Parker of Whitesboro, Texas departed this life
on May 16, 2010 to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He began
his life on Sept. 29, 1931 in Electra, Texas to parents Felix L. and Mary
Lee (Dozier) Parker. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Edith Lois
Bishop Rhea Parker of Whitesboro; a daughter, Pamela Ann Parker Bell of
Wichita Falls; 3 sons, Mark Rhea and wife, Mariann of Wichita Falls, Myrle
Rhea and wife, Tammy of Whitesboro, and Mitchel Rhea and wife, Sheri of
Whitesboro; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Clarance
Parker of Fountain Valley, California, and Felix Parker, Jr. of Fritsch,
Texas; numerous nieces and nephews. Pops loved life and never met a stranger.
He enjoyed telling of his many exploits while in the Navy, serving in the
Korean War aboard LST-901. His antics were memorable while working at the
Ford plant in Dallas and at Shakey's Pizza. He loved racing cars at Green
Valley and his stories about them were a delight to all who heard them.
You could feel yourself setting next to him as he took a turn in his Sunbeam
Alpine on two wheels. You could feel the drift of the rear end as he downshifted
for the next turn and the acceleration as he headed down the straightaway.
His fondest memories were of people and the lives he touched during his
time in the Texas Dairy Queen Assoc., first in Wichita Falls as a store
manager and later as an owner of the Dairy Queen in Whitesboro. The interaction
with people and the bonds he made with them gave him life. His family goes
beyond those afore mentioned and include all the young people he trained,
worked with and cared for In his heart. "Sire", "Uncle Frank" and "Senor
DeFranko" , adopted them all. His warm smile, bright blue eyes and his
laughter will be greatly missed. Words cannot express what a wonderful
husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather he was. Funeral Services
will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at the First United Methodist
Church in Whitesboro with Rev. Jack Wallace officiating. Interment will
follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Meador
Funeral Home in Whitesboro. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
on Tuesday at the funeral home.