Douglas Parker May 16,1943 ~ Sept. 11,2012

Douglas Ray Parker, 69 of Springdale died Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Northwest Medical Center after a long illness. He was born May 16, 1943 in Crawford County, Bidville Community to B.F and Mildred Parker.

At the age of 3 months his family moved to California, he attended school in Anaheim, California and after high school he returned to Arkansas. In 1962 he married Gayle Shepherd and had one daughter. Doug served as chief of police in Alma, Arkansas for 12 years then after moving to North West Arkansas he owned and operated a trucking business. He was a Mason and a member of the Eastern Star. He loved to Hunt, atv riding and travel but mostly enjoyed attending his grandsons baseball games. His favorite pastime was hanging out with his buddies for coffee at Neal’s Café.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Edna Hope Parker. Survivors include his wife, Gayle of the home; daughter, Hope Matthews and grandson Parker Matthews both of Springdale; two brothers, Milton Parker of Van Buren and Alton Parker of Russellville; sister, Rene Bettis of Prescott Valley, Arizona and many other family members and friends. Pallbearers will be, Bob Wood, Ralph Hawkins, Robin Kurkendall, Kelly Matthews, Dave Chapman and Bobby Marks. Honorary Pallbearers will be Karl Martens, Marvin Mose, Don Neal, Phillip Hanby, Dennis Walker, Dewey Johnson, R.D Valentine, Ed Allred, Tommy Wilson, Pat Girard, James Downum, Jim Cypert, Bob Nesmith, Joe Sargent and Joe Sherry. The Family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Brother Roy Biswell officiating. Burial will be at Bidville Cemetery.

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    Sheldon Shepherd » 12. Sep, 2012

    I always enjoyed talking with Doug. Very sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

    Jacqueline » 12. Sep, 2012

    Dear Hope and Family,
    Many prayers for you and your family are being sent for daily strength and comfort.
    Love, Jacqueline

    richard hoffman » 12. Sep, 2012

    I worked with Doug when he was Chief at Alma P.D. when I was a Trooper. Always had great respect for him as a friend and a professional law enforcement officer. He will be truly missed by me and all of the police officers in Crawford County. R.I.P.

    Bev Allred » 12. Sep, 2012

    I had the pleasure of working for Doug and Gayle for 14 years. We all worked so close together it was like one big family. My thoughts go out to Gayle, Hope and Parker plus the extended family and friends. Doug will be greatly missed.

    Ed and Kendra Simonton » 12. Sep, 2012

    To: Gayle, Hope, Parker and Kelly Matthews

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Ed, Kendra and Noah Simonton

    Brad Birchfield » 12. Sep, 2012

    I sure am sorry to hear this…you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take care, and know that you are loved.

    Audrey Shepherd » 12. Sep, 2012

    I am very sorry for your loss. Doug always seemed like such a great person. He will be dearly missed.

    Renee Cain » 13. Sep, 2012

    Gayle, Hope and Parker,
    I am so sorry to hear about Doug. I was thinking last night about whether it was seeing you all at a restaurant or at a family gathering, Doug would always greet me with a big smile and take time to stop and talk. He will be greatly missed by so many.

    Renee and family

    Robin Kuykendall » 13. Sep, 2012

    Doug was a great friend and my mentor. Doug took a chance on me, hiring me as young police officer thirty-three years ago. Doug was a professional police officer, who as Chief of the Alma Police Department, molded the department into the professional and well respected agency that it remains as today. I always enjoyed talking to Doug and you could see that the wheels were contantly turning in the back of his head on how to make things better.

    Gaby » 13. Sep, 2012

    I am so very sorry to hear for your loss. My prayers are with your family.

    Kelley Williamson » 14. Sep, 2012

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Parker is a very fortunate young man to have had his guidance all these years! Parker will continue to make him proud on the baseball field and in life – now he has an even better seat to watch him play!!

    Misty Smith Christian » 14. Sep, 2012

    Gayle – I learned of Doug’s setbacks this summer from Stephanie. My heart goes out to you, Hope, and Parker. Whenever the kids and I have been around you and Doug, you always made me feel a part of the family. My love and prayers going out to all of you.

    Johnny Birchfield » 14. Sep, 2012

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Doug was a great man and will be dearly missed!

    claudette » 14. Sep, 2012

    I enjoyed the time that i got to take care of Mr. Doug. I will always remember him cause he passed on my dad’s birthday. Many prayers to his family for strength and comfort during this time. R.I.L

    Kari Davis » 14. Sep, 2012

    To Gayle, Hope, Parker, Kelly and Family:
    Kaylan and I are sad to hear about the passing of Doug P.
    And for Parker….your Grandpa was your biggest fan… I never heard a story about your baseball career that didn’t include your Grandpa, and how he was a constant presence on and off the field…..I know his physical presence will be sorely missed by you and your family…Always remember…ROOTS AND WINGS….you come from a long line of amazing men…and women in your life…Shine on…he’s watching…and I’m quite sure…the joy you brought to his life won’t ever leave him….he can’t help it if he never stops smiling…Its a Grandparent thing… Love and Hugs all around…Auntie Kari and yur Cuz Kaylan M. Loyd.

    Brian Scheile » 14. Sep, 2012

    My wife Lisa, my son Daniel and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the family for their loss. My son played baseball with Parker when they were younger, and I remember sitting in the stands with Doug and sharing comments with each other about the kids, the umps and coaches. A man with a dry wit and sly humor, he was a lot of fun to talk to. He will be missed.

    Clarissa Flatt respiratory » 16. Sep, 2012

    I wish I could have been there to give my respects in person. It has been such a pleasure to get to take care of Mr Parker and to get to know your family and how much you all meant to him. He was a very warm and caring man and I see that in his daughter and grandson as well. Plus I have been able to see why he married such a wonderful woman. I wish he could have gone home to enjoy his family and familiar surroundings but please know that he, as well as your family, have touched the hearts of many. God bless you and your family and I pray you have the strength to go on.

    Mike Edwards » 17. Sep, 2012

    I am sorry for the loss of your father. Let me know if you need anything.



    Name » 17. Sep, 2012

    Gayle, Hope and Parker, we are truly saddened by the loss of Doug. He was a good man and respected by many. I can honestly say that i have never heard anyone say a bad thing about him. I would say that is quite a living testament to him. God bless all of you. Janet Shepherd Critchfield

    Kathleen Hancock » 23. Sep, 2012

    It was with such sorrow that I learned of the passing of this most lovely gentleman. I can honestly say it was a pleasure and honor to have been of some little care and comfort to him and his wife, Gayle, while they were here at NMC-S. He and his family will always be in my prayers.
    Kathleen RN

    Bruce and Wendy Waymouth » 07. Oct, 2012

    We are very sad today to hear our good Winter Texan friend Doug who passed away Sept 11. We formed a special friendship with Doug and Gail over the past years wintering in Texas. Doug and I shared the same comittment and love for our families and I think that is why we got along so well. Nothing meant more to Doug than his family. He was such a nice man and he will truely be missed. Our thought and prayers go to Gail, Hope and Parker in this sad time. We will keep Doug in our hearts.

    Bill & Jo Hicks » 18. Oct, 2012

    Gayle, just got the news about Doug so sorry to hear the news, he was a man I thought would live forever, just a super nice person could talk to anyone. I will miss you guys across the street in VP. May God bless you and your family. R.I.P. Doug…..Love you Bill & Jo

    Cindy and Buzz Campbell » 18. Oct, 2012

    Gayle, I was shocked to see this in our VP newsletter. You are in our prayers. God will give you strength as will your family and friends. Take care of yourself and know you are in our prayers.

    Ron & Shirley Knoche » 18. Oct, 2012

    Gayle we were shocked to hear the news about Doug. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    I hope you will continue to winter on Sheffield Street at Victoria Palms and if you do we will do anything we can to help you out.
    Hugs from your Winter Texan Friends,
    Ron & Shirley Knoche