Leslie Garland “L. G.” Park

Leslie Garland “L. G.” Park

Birth
Mills County, Texas, USA
Death 2 Dec 1940 (aged 56)
Okmulgee, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Council Hill, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 8989891 View Source

Church of Christ minister/evangelist, mail carrier, barber, member of the Masonic Lodge, and single parent of eight children. Helped build the Council Hill Church of Christ where services are still held. Son of Robert T. A. Park and Kittie Banta Park. Married Dessie Iduma Parker on October 18, 1909. Dessie passed away 16 years later at the age of 33.

The 1910 Oklahoma Census notes Leslie G. Park, age 26, Dessie I., age 20, and his brother Dee J. age 15. (D. J. was also listed on a 1910 Oklahoma Census as living with his mother, Kittie, in Weleetka). Also residing in their Council Hill home, was Dessie's father Christopher Parker, age 65 from Tennessee, a "minister of the Gospel" (at Wainwright, Ok). In his own shop, Leslie was a barber in Council Hill, Oklahoma. The 1920 census lists L. G. as a mail carrier. The family was blessed that he was employed by the Federal Government during the Great Depression.

L. G. Park was 41 years old when he became a widower with eight children to raise. He did not remarry until 11 years later when he was 52. His second wife was Juanita Barwis. Children from first marriage: Keith, Cline Park Stafford (Cline used the alias "Stafford" for military enlistment since he was underage), Vae, Dale, Clo, Rene, Fern, and Don. Also had a daughter Bonnie Meree with second wife, Juanita Barwis.

L. G. Park was also a songwriter. He had some songs in Song Crown by Austin Taylor in 1912, and perhaps some other books. https://hymnary.org/person/Park_Leslie and
http://hymntime.com/tch/bio/p/a/r/k/park_lg.htm


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