Gene Parks

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Gene Edwin “Doc” Parks, age 88, died on July 29, 2019, at the Community Living Center of the VA in San Antonio.

He was born September 8, 1930, in Cowlington, Oklahoma to James W. and Nettie R. Parks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James W. and Nettie R. Parks, and his brother, James C. “Brub” Parks.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beth Parks; daughter and caregiver, Karen Parks of Pearsall; son, Gene R. Parks and wife, Janet of Giddings; daughter, Teresa Dikeman and husband, David of Amarillo; son, Lee Parks and wife, Julie of Syracuse, Kansas; sisters, Edna Davis of Katy, Texas and JoAnn Faseler of Yancy; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He began his working career at the young age of 16, working with his father in the oilfield. On August 23, 1950, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and was in the Seabee unit during the Korean War traveling to Alaska, the Philippines and Korea. He left the Navy June 3, 1954. After he returned from the military, he met and married Beth Malone on June 4, 1955.

He returned to the oilfield working as a driller in and around the Pearsall area. He then became a tool pusher in and around several Texas towns. Eventually moving to Kansas to work in oilfields, returning to the Pearsall area after 10 years. He finished his career as a guard at the prison system.

Visitation was held Thursday, August 1, in the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Graveside Service was held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, August 2, at Pearsall Cemetery. Memorial Service followed at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist church in Pearsall.

Pallbearers included his grandsons, Dee Montgomery, Brent Parks, Jared Parks, Levi Parks, Gary Parks and Scott Hill. Honorable Pallbearer included Jerry Grubb.

In Iieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation @ www.parkinsons.org or to the Fisher House GPF 7053, 7485 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78229.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, Pearsall.

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