Barry Parks


Mr. Barry Henderson Parks, 75, of Parksley, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Shore Health & Rehabilitation in Parksley. Born September 11, 1947, in Nassawadox, he was the son of the late Clifton Henderson Parks and the late Eva Pruitt Parks. 

Barry lived in Parksley most of his life and happily dedicated his time to helping friends and neighbors. As a life member of Parksley Volunteer Fire Company, Barry served in many capacities over the years including chief, assistant chief, and engineer. Known as “The Meat Man,” he worked as the meat manager in nearly every store on the Shore throughout his 50-year career. If you wanted prime steaks for a special occasion or needed an extra hand, everyone knew Barry was your guy.  

He is survived by his son, Benjamin Reed Parks, and his wife, Susan, and grandson, Nathan Parks, all of Bristol, Va.; sister-in-law, Nancy J. Parks of Parksley; nephews, TJ and Ryan Yepez; and special friend and neighbor, Dave Stevens, of Bloxom. In addition to his parents, Barry was predeceased by the mother of his children and longtime caregiver, Nancy Carroll Parks; son, Clifton Henderson “Cliff” Parks; brother, Greg Parks; sister, Janet Yepez; brother-in-law, Reed Walker; and nephew, Chris Parks.

A memorial service was conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023 at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Robert Fletcher officiating. 

Contributions in Barry’s memory may be made to Parksley Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 14, Parksley, VA 23421.

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Arrangements were by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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