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Flowers left for Carlis Parker
Carlis Parker was a longtime, beloved funeral director and ambulance driver in Hot Springs, Arkansas for more than 50 years. Carlis began driving ambulances for Gross Mortuary in Hot Springs at age 19. During WWII when the owners were away at war, Carlis spent many long hours working at the funeral home. Besides making ambulance calls, he helped with embalming and directing funerals. He became a licensed funeral director. He was a great people person who loved the funeral profession, and was well known and respected in Hot Springs. He stayed with Gross Mortuary until 1983. When a new funeral home, Hot Springs Funeral Home, opened for business at the former home of Gross Mortuary at 1017 Central Avenue, he became the first employee hired -- and the funeral home became an immediate success with him on the staff. He was honored by the community when he celebrated his 50th year in the funeral business with a reception at the funeral home that was well attended. He was a good man, and I am glad that he helped mold my funeral career. His obituary read: 1995 - Carlis Parker, a veteran of the funeral profession in Hot Springs, died in a Hot Springs hospital in 1995. He was 69. A licensed funeral director, he had worked in the profession more than 50 years. He was born March 16, 1926, in Hot Springs to Burl and Lena Rowell Parker, and was a lifetime resident of Hot Springs. As a young high school student, he bgan driving ambulances for the old Gross Mortuary, and learned to embalm. He was the only embalmer available to Gross when the Brenner boys went to war, but he never went to mortuary college. When Hot Springs Funeral Home was formed, he was the first employee hired. He was excited about joining the new firm and was instrumental in its success. He was survived is his wife, Betty; two daughters, a sister, mother and father-in-law. The funeral was held at Hot Springs Funeral Home chapel with overflow crowd with burial in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers included funeral director / embalmer Gene Counts, Coy Burroughs, and Mike Parker.
- Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie, PhD, CPT
 Added: Nov. 17, 2006

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