Robert Parks Sr.


Mr. Robert J. Parks Sr., 92, husband of Katie J. Parks, claimed the promise of resurrection Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at his home on Tangier Island.

A lifelong resident of Tangier, he worked as a waterman until retirement at the age of 83. He was awarded with the “Tangier Island Waterman of the Year” award in 2002.

He was a faithful member of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, the adult Sunday School class, and the men’s prayer band.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Katie; his children, Lula Belle Haynie and Loretta Parks (Bill), all of Tangier, Rev. Robert Parks Jr. (Susan) of Amherst, Va., and Beth Parks, of Salisbury, Md.; his grandchildren, Pam Haynie Crockett, Bill Parks Jr., Robert Haynie (Lois), Carlton Parks (Glenenise), Emily Wynn (Tyler), and Trey Parks (Kayla); his great-grandchildren, Bradley Parks, Lydia Crockett, CJ Parks, Reagan Haynie, Johnathan Crockett, and Kyle Parks; great-great-grandchild, Brady Parks; the expectant arrival of the seventh great-grandchild, Riley Nicole Parks; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas G. and Ida Belle Parks; son-in-law, Robert W. Haynie; and siblings, Edith Shores, Margaret Dise, Ada Wheatley, Page Parks, and Andrew Parks.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at Swain Memorial U. M. Church.  The Rev. Nona Allen officiated and was assisted by the Rev. Robert J. Parks Jr. Interment followed the funeral service at Sunnyridge Memorial Park in Crisfield, Md.

Arrangements were made by Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield.

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