Mr. John Leslie Parks Sr.


Mr. John Leslie Parks Sr., 86, husband of Susan Gregory Parks and a resident of Midlothian, Va., passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Memory Care of Richmond. A native of Belle Haven, he was the son of the late John T. Parks and the late Nannie Shockley Parks. A retired farmer, he was a lifetime member of Belle Haven United Methodist Church, lifetime member of Exmore Moose Lodge #683, a former member of Pungoteague Ruritan Club, and former vice president of Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit Association.

In addition to his loving wife, Mr. Parks is survived by three children, John Leslie Parks Jr. and his wife, Cherie, of Charlottesville, Va., Patricia Parks Kellam and her husband, Eddie O., of Chesterfield, Va., and Anne Marie Silverman and her husband, Jon, of Upper Saddle River, N.J.; one brother, Dan R. Parks and his wife, Ann, of Charlottesville; eight grandchildren, Scott Kellam and his wife, Nikki, of Powhatan, Va., Gregory Kellam and fiancé, Mallory McKenzie, of Powhatan, Todd Kellam and his wife, Chloe, of Richmond, Justin Parks, of Arlington, Va., Jordan Parks, of Charlottesville, Kevin Silverman, of New York City, Jeremy Silverman, of Upper Saddle River, and Allison Silverman Paul and her husband, Brian, of New York City; and two great-grandchildren, Parker Kellam and Jase Kellam, both of Powhatan.

A Celebration of Life service was held graveside in Belle Haven Cemetery on Sept. 24, 2018, with the Rev. Judith Worthington officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Belle Haven United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Belle Haven, VA 23306 or to SPCA Eastern Shore Inc., P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418.

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Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore.

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