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Robert Earl Parker 1931-2013

Robert Earl Parker

Robert Earl Parker of Amarillo passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, June 26, at Grace Church of Amarillo.

Bob was born in Bastrop, La. on Aug. 14, 1931 and was preceded in death by his mother, Essie Rebecca Cantwell Parker; his father, O.J. Parker Sr.; his brother, O.J. Parker, Jr.; and his granddaughter, Kelli Renee Seal.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Wilkinson Parker along with his three children and their families, Bobby and his wife Anne, Becky Seal and her husband Bing, and Patti Parker. Bob was grandfather to five surviving grandchildren including Matthew Parker, Melissa Parker Edwards, Kenneth Seal, Lyndi Williams and Clinton Williams. He was also survived by one great grandson, Bryce Hilton Edwards.

Bob held a Master’s degree in Education and in his earlier work life, he was a successful coach and educator in several Louisiana and Mississippi high schools. After entering the sports equipment business, Bob relocated to the Texas panhandle. In 1979, he entered full time ministry, received a Doctorate in Theology and pursued his passion of equipping Christians for life in a secular world.

In addition to his ministry work, Bob was an accomplished musician and enjoyed playing piano with his friends and family. He loved sports, particularly football.

Over the past 30 plus years, Bob was pastor of Amarillo’s Village Park Church, authored several Christian books and teaching aids, and ministered in area prisons.

After retirement, Bob continued to be active in service at Grace Church. Throughout his life, he touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. Bob was true and faithful in proclaiming the good news of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s honor should be made to Grace Church.