Wayne Mitchel Parker
Wayne Mitchel Parker, 89, went to be with the Lord March 11, 2021, surrounded by his family. Wayne was born in Big Springs, Oklahoma to Clyde and Laura Parker. Wayne lost his mother at a young age and was fortunate his father married a wonderful woman, Cleo Frye. Wayne and Dorothy took care of her until she passed away. Wayne was an exceptional basketball player with a wicked hook shot, at Fairview High School and graduated in 1949.
Wayne and Dorothy Milsap married in 1949 and he is survived by his beautiful wife of 71 years. They have four children, Waynetta Cass (Mike), Bruce Parker (Joy), Barry Parker (Angie) and Mark Parker (Sherry). Also survived by 9 grandchildren with 7 spouses and 16 great grandchildren. His brother, James Rex Parker (Verneil) and numerous nieces and nephews survive him.
Wayne and Dorothy started married life in Wetumka and Meadors Department Store. It was a perfect fit. He loved to meet and help people, whether he was fitting a suit or a pair of shoes. He made life-long friends with customers and employees. His last position in the dry goods business was 17 years with Langston’s on Capital Hill. Many children in Oklahoma City were outfitted for back to school at Langston’s.
Wayne loved his family. His passion was God and serving as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher in several Southern Baptist churches. He is known for the Wetumka stories and sayings he used to illustrate his lessons. Wayne and Dorothy took a leap of faith in 1977, sold their beautiful home and God led them to Winnemucca, Nevada for 2 years, to help plant a Southern Baptist Church.
When Wayne and Dorothy returned to Oklahoma, he began his second career as a carpenter. He never really retired. Often a friend would call with a job or request and he would blow the sawdust out of the shop and start a new project. He enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren as they worked together on their homes or projects. He was a life-long teacher.
Wayne and Dorothy loved to travel and took several bus tours and cruises. From Alaska to the St Lawrence River cruises, Mexico mission trips, Jamaica and California, they enjoyed the cultures and meeting local people. The best trip was the 50th Wedding Anniversary Tour of the East Coast. They cranked the Crown Vic up, visited several states along the coast and drove through New York City. They called with updates from time to time to be posted by email to the family.
Preceding Wayne in death were his parents, Clyde and Laura Parker, Cleo Parker; brother, Phillip Duane Parker; sister, Loneta Turner; brother, Donald Frye; and sister, Geneva Martin.
A special thank you to the Life Spring Hospice and Home Care for the wonderful care of Wayne and the family. Alanna Savivges, Joy Walker, Taryn Halferty and Chaplain Harry Smith.
Joy, your gentle care for Wayne is much appreciated by his family.
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