John W. Parker, Sr. of Granbury was called to God Thursday morning, January 26, 2012 at the tender age of 94.
Funeral service; 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2, Lexington Baptist Church in Lexington, Texas.
Visitation: 3:00 -8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at Martin's Funeral Home, Granbury, TX.
Born April 9, 1917 to Nancy and Curtis Parker in Lexington, Texas, John's family continues to operate one of the longest continually running ranches in the state of Texas, a designation given by the southwest Texas Cattlemen's Association. Mr. Parker proudly served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a pilot, achieving the rank of Captain.
Mr. Parker drove for Mayflower Moving Company for over 25 years, before starting his own trucking company, and ending up owning over a quarter of the trucks in Mayflower's Electronic Fleet. He then moved into financing trucks for other drivers who had fallen on hard time, leading him into a lucrative and rewarding life of helping those men become independent owner/operators.
Mr. Parker moved to Granbury in 1978 with his wife, Theda Rhea. She preceded him in death in 1987 after 49 s of marriage. He then met and had a loving 25 year relationship with Kay Willis, who passed away in 2011.
Mr. Parker is survived by: son, John W. Parker, Jr.; daughter, Donna Hill; brother, Edward Parker; sister, Rebecca Lewis; grandchildren, Scott Parker, Melissa Parker, Gregg Hill, Bradley Hill, Regina Graves and 7 great-grandchildren.
Martin's Funeral Home