David Parks

Dr. David Wallis Parks, 85, of Union City went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 24, 2018.
Visitation for friends was held Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Exchange Street Church of Christ. A private family service was held following the visitation Sunday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Obion, with his nephew, Morgan Parks, officiating.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Colton, Forrest and Tanner; his son-in-law, Mike Winstead; and his brothers-in-law, Donald Bass, Roger Rice, Scott McAdoo and Roger Pulley.
Honorary pallbearers were his sisters-in-law who assisted in caring for David during his illness, Paula Rice McAdoo and Pam Carroll; The Arbors at Ethridge House staff and employees; Union City Rotary Club members; Hardee’s breakfast group; the roundtable lunch group and the Friday night dinner group.
The family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association to help find a cure for this devastating disease. (www.alzfdn.org or call 866-232-8484)
Dr. Parks was born March 9, 1933, in the home of his maternal grandparents, Harry and Leda Moultrie, on a snowy morning in Obion, the son of the late Jack and Beth (Moultrie) Parks. He married Shelia (Bass) Parks April 25, 1991. She survives.
He attended Obion High School, the University of Tennessee at Martin pre-dental program and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis on March 26, 1956, with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
With a commission as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, he went on active duty July 4, 1956, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. After training, he was transferred to Fort Benning, Ga., where he spent two years. He was released from active duty, but remained in the Army Reserves and moved to Union City. He opened his office for the practice of dentistry in April 1958. He practiced dentistry in Union City until he retired in May 1996.
He was a member of Exchange Street Church of Christ and was an Eagle Scout. He was a member of Union City Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association and the Seventh District Dental Society, where he had served as president. He had also been a member of the Union City Jaycees.
Dr. Parks was elected as a magistrate for two terms on the Obion County Quarterly Court and served on the Obion County Board of Health as vice chairman. He served on the board of directors of First American Bank, was a member of the Chamber of Commerce for many years and had served as a member of the Union City Industrial Development Board.
In addition to his wife, Shelia, he is also survived by his daughter, Peggy Parks Winstead and her husband, Mike, of Hoover, Ala.; his son, David C. Parks and his wife, Diana, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; his step-children, Renee Amberg Hovis and Trey Amberg, both of Nashville; his sister, Betty Gillett and her husband, Bill, of Franklin; six grandchildren, Melissa “Missy” and Stephen Cummings, both of Hoover, Holly Parks of Nashville, Colton and Erin Parks, both of Atlanta, Forrest Parks of Denver, Tanner and Meghan Parks, both of Charlotte, N.C., and Collin Hovis of Nashville; one great-granddaughter, Hannah Claire Cumming, of Hoover; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Harry and Leda Moultrie; his paternal grandparents, Edward and Emma Parks; his parents, Jack and Beth Parks; and his brothers, Harry Edward Parks and Jack Moultrie Parks.
David loved and was loved by his children and family. He will be missed and spoken of often.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.
Published 8.27.18

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