Harold Paul Parker

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Harold Paul Parker, 68, of Pleasant Hill, MO, went to be with his Savior, Jesus, at 9:38 a.m. on Thursday January 20, 20ll, at the Lee's Summit Hospital, Lee's Summit MO.

He was born November 11, 1942 in Green Forest, AR, the son of John Paul and Jaunita (Ruth) Parker. The family moved to the Lee's Summit,MO area in 1944. Harold graduated from Lee's Summit High School and earned multiple degrees from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO. Following his love of design and construction he decided to major in Vocational Education. He began his teaching career at Lee's Summit High School, as well as holding various adjunct faculty positions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Johnson County Community College, the Metropolitan Community Colleges and the Missouri Builders Association.

His grandmother Mary Francis (Keithley) Parker, as a young lady in the early 1900s, worked at the Green Forest Tribune. His mother Jaunita (Ruth) Parker, in the 1930s wrote community items and news for the Orrell Community. His father, John Paul Parker, worked for the RB Rice Sausage Company in Lee's Summit, MO.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Paul Parker and grandparents, Tom Ruth, Alma Ruth, Lee Parker, Mary Francis Parker and Cora Parker. Harold is survived by his loving wife and help-mate of 49 years, Sharron Parker; son, Greg Parker; daughter, Sharrena Um and son-in-law Virak Um; two granddaughters, Hannah and Lydia Um; his mother, Jaunita Trent (Ruth) Parker; sister, Mary Alma (Parker) Lindsey; nieces, nephews, cousins and two uncles, Frank Parker, Jack Parker and wife Joan Parker.

The funeral was held January 24, 2011 at Abundant Life Baptist Church, Lee's Summit, MO, where he was an active member. Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, MO. Final arrangements were made by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, MO. Casket bearers were church friends. Honorary Casket Bearers were Don Carney, Danny Jipsen, Frank Parker, and Jack Parker.