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Gerald Parker

May 28, 1940 — November 21, 2015

Gerald Otis Parker, Sr., 75, of Garber passed away on November 21, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital in Enid. The service is under the direction of Dugger Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Legrand officiating. Burial will follow at the Garber Cemetery. Viewing will begin on Monday, November 23rd.

He was born to Charlie and Donna (Smith) Parker on May 28, 1940 at their home in Garber. As a young boy, Gerald delivered the Enid newspaper and mowed the Garber football field, baseball field, and the Garber Cemetery with his brother, Dickie. Gerald had a passion for sports and as a child, he played baseball. He was a strong and dedicated ballplayer. In high school, he was a member of the state runner up baseball team in 1958 who, at the time, held the world record for consecutive wins at 33. He was also an all-state alternate. Upon graduation, Gerald played baseball for Phillips University. In 1960, after attending Phillips University, Gerald joined the United States Army and served his country from 1960 to 1963 in Germany. He came back home and began his 40-year career at Vance Air Force Base, where he was an aircraft mechanic and dock lead man. Going to work, as a child and a man, was never work for Gerald. He enjoyed it. He knew that hard work was essential to support his family and that was his only priority. November 30, 1974, he married his beloved wife, Shirley Ann (Jones) Parker. They welcomed 2 children, Gerald, Jr and Donnora, and built their family, their home, and their life in Garber. They were married for 29 years and he continued to love her for 12 years after she passed. Gerald was a volunteer firefighter for the City of Garber and served as Fire Chief. He was also a city councilman and served as mayor at one time. He was also a patrolman for the Garber police department. He attended the First Baptist Church in Garber, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School Superintendent. He enjoyed collecting coins, but his favorite activity was watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He was a huge fan of the Garber Wolverines, the OU Sooners, the Chicago Cubs, and the OKC Thunder.

Gerald is survived by his son, Gerald Parker, Jr. and wife Tara, of Enid; daughter Donnora Reed, and husband, John, of Kingfisher; four grandchildren, Leyton Parker, Ty Parker, Bella Parker, and Kinsley Reed; one brother, Dickie Parker, and wife Linda of Garber; two nieces, Deana Smith and husband, Randy of Enid and Kristie Parker of Enid; one great-niece, Marisa of Weatherford, and numerous in-laws that he adored. He is also survived by many friends and caregivers that he took into his heart and loved like family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Donna Parker, his wife Shirley Parker, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Martin "Brown" and Nora Jones.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and/or the American Cancer Society in care of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, 1010 N. 7th, Perry, OK 73077. Condolences may be made online at www.brown-duggerfuneralhome.com.

Visitation


Dugger Funeral Home
401 Arapaho
Garber, OK  73738
Monday, November 23, 2015
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Garber Funeral Home
401 Arapaho
Garber, OK  73738
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Service


First Baptist Church
Garber, OK  73738
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
2:00 pm

Cemetery


Garber Cemetery
Garber, OK  73738
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