Edgar F. Parks, 92, who resided at John Manchin Sr. ALF in Farmington, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Monday (Jan. 16, 2017).
He was born in Wyatt, on Nov. 3, 1924, a son of the late Delbert and Delphi Parks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his darling wife of 56 years, Lexie Jean (Pitman) Parks; his son, Barry W. Parks; his sister, Helen (Parks) McDonald; and his brother, Warren Parks.
Edgar served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was a prisoner of war and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism.
He retired from his first career as a coal miner with Bethlehem Steel in Idamay after 22 years and pursued a second livelihood in construction. He served as president of the West Virginia Homebuilders Association for several terms and founded Superior Homes, building countless homes throughout North Central West Virginia, including construction of the first HUD low-income housing in Marion County.
His life was largely spent dedicated to the service of others in both his church and community. He was a church deacon for more than 30 years as well as a worship leader. Edgar selflessly volunteered his time, money and talent as a home builder, traveling to multiple third world countries to build churches over the years. He was a past president of the Idamay Lions Club as well.
In his second retirement, he continued his passion for aviation and joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 7 Flotilla, in Clearwater, Florida, flying his privately owned aircraft in support of search-and-rescue and drug-interdiction missions, as well as providing boater safety training.
Edgar is survived by his loving daughter, Paulette (Parks) Morris and her husband Robert Morris of Idamay; his dedicated daughter-in-law, Ellen Jane (Akers) Parks of Fairmont; grandchildren, Lee Ann (Parks) Vincent of Fairmont, Erin (Morris) Collins of Las Vegas, Nevada, Heidi (Morris) Burgess of Nitro and Kayla (Morris) Donatucci of Morgantown; and great-grandchildren, Kylee and Keaton Linger, Lauren and Landry Burgess and Harper Donatucci.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hutson Funeral Home in Farmington. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Charles Fancher officiating. Interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown, where full military graveside honors will be rendered.
Online condolences may be accessed at www.hutsonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on January 17, 2017