Richard Parks

Richard H. Parks

Thursday, June 27th, 1929 - Monday, December 30th, 2019
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Richard H Parks, Jr., 90, was born June 27, 1929 to Hoodman and Leila Williams Parks. He died December 30th, 2019 in Claxton, Georgia. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at the Parks Plot in Hillcrest Cemetery in Reynolds, Georgia at 12:30 pm.

Richard graduated from Reynolds High School, Emory at Oxford, and the University of Georgia. He taught school at Reynolds High School and Fort Valley High School before becoming President and CEO of GRESCO in Reynolds, Georgia in 1960. He retired in 1994. He and his wife Barbara Harris Parks retired to their mountain cottage in Unaka, North Carolina where they enjoyed their trout stream and the mountain flora and fauna. Barbara died July 26, 2000.

Richard was an avid golfer and tennis player. He played second single on the UGA tennis team. He was instrumental as Mayor of Reynolds in getting the public tennis courts built.

Richard is survived by sons Ricky Parks and Kyle (June) Parks; grandson Randal H. Parks Jr.; granddaughter Ashley Parks Bentley; grandsons Matt and Sam Parks; great grandchildren Landry and Brooks Bentley and Paisley Ashton Parks.
Richard was preceded in death by son Randal Harris Parks Sr. (7-8-1956 - 11-19-2011).
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    Sunday, March 8th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Sunday, March 8th, 2020 12:30pm
    Hillcrest Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Reynolds, GA 31076
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Lynn Miller

Posted at 06:31am
Ricky, Kyle & family,
So very sorry for your loss. Mr. Richard touched many people and did many good things for our family and for the people of Reynolds. My favorite memories were of your dad feeding those fish in that fish pond in your backyard when I was a little girl and how beautiful the yard always was. He was always kind to our family and my dad always had the upmost respect for him. Good to see each of you yesterday at the services and may God bless each of you.
Lynn (McDonald) Miller

Steve Huggins

Posted at 03:47pm
I would like to take this opportunity to express to the Parks' family my sympathy regarding the loss of a father and a grandfather.
Richard, was the most unique person I have ever had the pleasure to know. Richard, was wonderful to Bill and I. He
treated us with kindness. Words can never express how much his friendship meant. I will always think of him when
The University of Georgia and the great state of Georgia are mentioned. I think of him each day that passes. He will always
live in my memory. Richard, like all of us are flawed but I can assure the Parks' family he loved each one of you. He really did.
He expressed that sentiment numerous times to me. We shall all miss him. He will always live in our hearts. With greatest
regards, Steve Huggins, Easley, SC


Barbara McDonald

Posted at 10:34am
Richard was a great man who not only was head of GRESCO but a friend to my family. He was always with us when we had our children and during illnesses with them and stood by us during the loss of our loved one Hugh McDonald. My sympathies to Ricky, Kyle and all family members.

Jim Cohen and the SouthCon Team

Posted at 08:21pm
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Robin Watson

Posted at 01:30pm
So sorry to hear of Mr. Richard’s passing. Sending prayers and love to Ricky, Kyle and Randall.

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