Arnold Oliver Parker – Wise County Messenger


Arnold Oliver Parker walked through the gates of fame on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 at Hilltop Assembly of God Church in Boyd with interment in Boyd Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the church.

Pastor Billie Fitch will officiate. Porters include Dan Parker, Matthew Parker, Tommy Parker, Duane Allred, Scott Warner, Hayden Roderick and Chris Poss.

This longtime servant of God joined his wife of 51 years, Carmella Nowlin Parker.

Mr. Parker has had a successful career as a math and science teacher, UIL academic coach, taking students, including his son-in-law, to state and national levels, and as a director of school. During his 36 years as a student, he impacted the lives of Texas and California students in the school districts of Hoopa, California, Hearne, Boling, Colorado City, Motley County and Whiteface.

Born March 4, 1929, in Memphis, Mr. Parker left school as a junior in high school to join the Navy and support America’s freedom at the end of World War II. After his time in the Navy, he moved to commerce, where he met his wife, Carmella, while attending college at East Texas State University, now known as Texas A&M-Commerce. In their more than 50-year marriage, they had one daughter and three sons. Throughout his teaching career, he returned to school to further his education in math and science, eventually earning a master’s degree from Texas A&M University. As a lifelong learner, he has accumulated over 300 college credit hours in math, science, and leadership.

A person could sit with Mr. Parker and quickly learn his love from the Lord. In every town he lived in, he served as a deacon of the Assembly of God church. Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd, is his home church, where he played an active role in their building plan as a deacon. Additionally, he is known for his “cheesy” jokes, loud singing, and vibrant personality. In any conversation, he wouldn’t hesitate to ask, “Did you hear the one where…?” He would launch into a joke that always made the conversation laugh. Animal names were given to the people he loved, so the family members were known as “Seatless”, “Boog”, “Ears Wayne”, and the list goes on.

Arnold Parker was predeceased by his beloved wife, Carmella Nowlin; his son, Robert Lynn Parker; brothers, Robert, Mex, Jack and Bill; sisters, Artie and Mysie Lee “Mike”; and his father and mother.

Family members left here on earth include Madge Sizemore Parker, wife of 10 years; daughter, Lillian Jean Boyd and husband, Tom Boyd; son, Arnold Wayne Parker and wife, Linda; son, Stephen Floyd “Boog” Parker and wife, Laura; daughter-in-law, Traci Parker; and grandchildren, including Dan and Amanda Parker, Matthew and Erica Parker, Sarah and Chris Poss, Tara and Duane Allred, Erica and Scott Warner, Lisa and Hayden Roderick, Tommy Parker; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Hawkins Funeral Home

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