And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelations 21:4
Funeral services for Rev. Willie Roy Parks will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26at the PLM&D Center.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Trenton.
Willie Roy Parks, fondly known as WR and Redus, was born May 15, 1931 in Holly Grove to Jennie B. Roberts and Maso Parks. He was the second child born to Jennie B. Both parents preceded him in death. His son,Willie Ray, daughter, Harriett Denese and sister-Sarah Lee, also preceded him in death.
Redus grew up with a passion for family, helping others and the outdoors life. He loved making people laugh. He was a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Holly Grove and was proud to boldly pronounce, “I was a barefoot lad of 18 years old when I received Christ into my life.”
In 1960, Redus received his calling to lead God's people and preached his first sermon at his church in Holly Grove.
He began his pastoring career at 2nd St. Mark M.B. and New Light M.B. churches in Phillips County. From there, God continued to richly bless him with two more churches. He became the pastor of Mount Zion M.B. Church in Turner in 1963 and pastor of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in 1966 in Trenton. He remained faithful at both churches until his departure from this earth. During his 53 years in the ministry, Redus baptized thousands and traveled the country spreading God's word and winning souls for Christ. Many people under his leadership have gone on to become successful ministers and pastors of churches of their own. He joined New Zion M.B. Church of Marvell after the closing of his home church.
He holds membership in numerous organizations and has received many awards for his outstanding work in the community. He attended school in Holly Grove. Besides his pastorate, he also enjoyed farm work and was employed at the local airport in West Helena, as an OTR truck driver and at Mohawk Tire and Rubber Factory. During his retirement, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening until his health failed.
Redus was a man with family values. He took his children to church, ball games, on some of his travels and taught them the meaning of love and sharing. He loved spending time with and talking to his grand and great grandchildren. He looked forward to phone calls from “The Little Women”, “Fighting Sam”, “Mary Grace” and ”P-Joe”; and playtime with “P-Jay”, “Sam-Joe” and little miss “Two-Sweet.”
Page 2 of 2 - On May 13, 1954 Redus married Choicie B. Johnson who preceded him in death after 41 years of marriage. God blessed them with eight beautiful children of which six survive – Alma Grace (Larry) Hooker of Detroit, Mich., Alma Faye (Perry) Colvin of Fayetteville, Tenn., David L. (Barbara) Parks of Waukegan, Ill., Mary Parks and Wilford Parks, both of Holly Grove and Sarah Parks of Dolton, Ill.
Redus married Daisy Fluker Humphrey in 1998 and they remained married until death. On Saturday, Jan. 19 at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, God spoke, the trumpets blew, the gates swung open and Redus proudly walked in.
Besides his wife and children, he leaves to mourn his passing, four stepchildren, Diane (Maurice) Houston of Stuttgart, Sheila Humphrey, of Holly Grove, Wayne (Peaches) Humphrey and Stephanie (Parnell) Bobo, both of Stuttgart; 12 grandchildren, Demetria, Larry, Antuan, Tujuana, Hilda, Stephanie, Erica, Erric, Deidra, Shalamar, Lawrence and Devante; nine great grands, Mary Grace, Shatuan, Adrien, Alexis, Karisha, Samuel Perry, Cordarius, Remington and Cornelius; sisters-in-law, Roxie Hoskins of Kansas City, Mo., Mary Alice (Jimmy) Palmer of Holly Grove, Mary (Louis) Branscumb of St. Louis and Marine Johnson of Detroit; brothers-in-law, Robert (Lula) Fluker of Holly Grove and LC Johnson of Chicago; two special sisters, Darlene and Stephanie.
He also leaves step grandchildren, Bronson, Jonathan, Darrin, Devonya, Shannon, Myla, Shaquala and Parnell; many nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins and other family members and friends.
Family and friends can sign our online guestbook at www.stephensfuneralhome1949.com .