July 12, 1931 ~ August 5, 2023 (age 92)
Jack Parks, 92, of Lingleville, died Saturday, August 5, 2023.
Graveside services for Jack will be at 10:00 AM Monday, August 7th at Lingleville East End Cemetery, in Lingleville, with Randy Parks officiating. Visitation with the Parks family will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday at Stephenville Funeral Home.
Jack was born on July 12 1931, in Fort Worth to the late Harold and Damaris Leatherwood Parks, a 92-year-old resident of his beloved Texas. A graduate of Lingleville High School, he spent a two-year stint during the Korean War, where he rose to the rank of sergeant, a tank commander in the armored division.
As a returning veteran, he met Norma Bea Clayton of Bunyan and married in 1955. Jack was the father of three children, Karen, Robbie, and Alesia. Norma preceded him in death in 2018. He and Norma were members of the Methodist Church.
For 17 years Jack drove a milk truck, and the last several years he was an independent milk hauler, owning two trucks of his own. In 1969, he went into the dairy business with his two brothers, H. W. Parks and James Parks. In 1976 he built and maintained a dairy of his own for 30-plus years. Jack was a very successful businessman and dairyman. His wife was a huge asset to Jack not only raising their three kids, but being the business bookkeeper.
Jack served on many big boards such as the cooperate board of Associated Milk Producers, Inc. also two different banks in the county on whose board he served for twenty-plus years., Bank of Co-ops, which loaned money to Co-ops around the world, and the Farmers Home Administration of Erath County for 6 years.
Jack was most proud of his family, the many grandchildren and great grandchildren, that always brought him much joy. He loved his land, and cattle, and enjoyed working, never tiring of making improvements. He has a splendid reputation as a fair, honest man in his words and deeds
Selfishness was not in his vocabulary. His really only two hobbies were watching his Texas Longhorns play, where he had season tickets for nearly 50 years, and also enjoyed Louis L’Amour’s western books.
Jack was always willing to help and do for others, which he did so many times. He had lived in the Lingleville area for a little over 92 years, having numerous friends. He never got tired of visiting. Jack will be missed by many.
Jack is survived by his children, Karen Rowe, Robbie and wife Deborah Parks, and Alesia and husband Dennis Woods; grandchildren, Khristi, Erika, Michael, Deric, Rebecca, Tawnya, Ashley, Chantz, and Valerie; 21 great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Merle Jo Parks and Lynette Parks, and brother-in-law, J. R. Cardwell; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, and wife, Norma; Jack was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Rick Rowe; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Kunselman, sisters, Christine Ferguson, Helen Hampton, and Laverne Cardwell; and brothers, Harold Wayne Parks and James Mac Parks.
The Parks family wish expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Lingleville East End Cemetery Assn., or the charity of choice.