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September 1, 1931 - August 4, 2017
Services for Ralph J. Parker, 85, of Fruitvale are scheduled for 2 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Eubank Funeral Chapel in Canton with Bro. Homer Morgan and Eugene Parker officiating. Interment will be in Barrett Cemetery.
Mr. Parker passed away August 4, 2017 in Dallas. He was born September 1, 1931 in Fruitvale to Lannie and Connie Junell Parker.
Ralph served as a deacon for more than 50 years and was a member of the Lawrence Springs Missionary Baptist Church. He married Iva Nell King on August 15, 1952. Mr. Parker served as an MP in the US Army during the Korean War. Over the years he was a farmer and rancher, barber, rural mail carrier and a quality control inspector for Texas Instruments. Ralph was known for his candied sweet potatoes and pecan pies.
Mr. Parker is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: G.W. "Dub", Hayward and Reber Windell Parker; three sisters: Dora Beatrice Whitaker, Maggie Virginia "Jinks" Parker and Johanna Fay Nicholson; two granddaughters: Rheaona Williams Scott and Rachelle Williams Love; great-grandson, Jacob Love and son-in-law, Jerry Koonce.
Ralph is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Iva Nell Parker of Fruitvale; sons: Douglas Parker and Mitzi Fisher and Eugene and Vicki Parker, both of Grand Saline; daughter, Barbara Parker Koonce of Grand Prairie; 6 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Doug Parker, Willie Parker, Jesse Love, Michael Scott, Jr., Riley Parker, Michael Moran and Brandon Kindle. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Fisher, Doyle Milliorn, Troy King, Derrell King, Gerald Sizemore, Charles Parker, Roy Lee LaPrade, David Hazel and S.B. "Tooter" Burrow.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm Monday at the funeral home.
Eubank Funeral Home - Canton
27532 State Highway 64