|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1912|
|Death: ||Oct. 19, 2012|
10/21/2012 Written in Memoriam to Dewey David Parker by His Grandson, Dewey David Parker
How do I compress into only a few brief minutes the depth of my feelings for what you have meant to me all of my 52 years? I suppose I have the honor, as the oldest of the kids, in perhaps having some of the earliest memories of you. I suppose this should bring me more comfort than others, but I admit right now there is a hole in my heart.
I think each of our lives are made up of joy as well as sorrow. I know you have had your share of sorrow and have hid it better than most of us. Papa, my happiest memories of you center around the contagious laugh you had. When we were all together at holiday times, and you laughed, I often found myself laughing because I couldn't help it! Sometimes, I didn't even know why the heck I was laughing! But, I guess it didn't really matter why we laughed, did it? It was such a window into your warm heart and into your enthusiasm for family. Your laugh was a pure expression of joy that always brought such light to my life.
And so I hope you don't mind me picturing you now with your arms around Mama, laughing through your tears. And don't worry if I shed a few tears now. They are just my way of saying thank you, and I miss you.
I've heard it said that death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come. I am happy you have a new beginning. I know you have waited for so long to be with Mama again.
I know you had strong faith as a core value of your life. So, maybe you've taken some solace in this scripture through the years, as I have in my life, during difficult times:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Papa, there's a new treasure in my office. It has been difficult to not be able to be with you and all of my family and extended family at your ceremony, so I'm trying to deal with this in my own way. The day I got the phone call from mom and heard the news of your passing, I went out to find something that would symbolize the special relationship I always felt we shared. Now, sitting on my desk, at my home office, is a figurine of a grandpa holding a little boy on his knee.
As I look at the grandpa, he looks a little worn with years, but his obvious kindness and caring for the little boy are what bring to the surface my most endearing memories of times we had. Now, at my age, I know figurines can't talk, but sometimes I think I hear him telling the little boy a story about the "smart alec kid". I hope he gets the story word perfect because if he changes one word, I'm quite sure the boy will say "No Grandpa! That's NOT what happened!"
Papa, thank you for being a special father to my dad and for giving me a special dad who has raised me with your values. Much of who I am has come from you and dad, and I honor you both for that.
All my gratitude,
All my respect,
And all my love, Papa.
Dewey David Parker
Dewey David Parker Sr., of Ada, was born April 10, 1912 in Winnsboro, Texas, to William Walter and Nancy Veola (Whitworth) Parker. He passed away October 19, 2012 at his home near Ada , Oklahoma at the age of 100 years 6 months and 9 days. He was married to Myrtie (Jackson) on January 21, 1932 in Winnsboro, Texas. Mr. Parker was a self educated man and worked as a carpenter most of his life. He was a member of Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife Myrtie, and daughter Marlene Brown.
Survived by 1 son, Dewey G Parker & wife Carol, Georgetown, Texas; 1 brother, Lloyd Parker & wife Elwanna, Leveland, TX; 6 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great -grandchildren
Graveside Services will be held Monday October 22, 2012 in McGee cemetery, 10:30 AM Monday October 22, 2012.
Myrtie Marie Jackson Parker (1914 - 2008)
Marlene Marie Parker Brown (1934 - 2010)*
Maintained by: Dave Parker
Originally Created by: JLC
Record added: Oct 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99361696
Grandpa, I know it was time for you to go and be with grandma again, but I miss you. You will always have a special place in my heart. Your grandson, Dave|
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