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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