Rev. Raleigh Thomas Parks

Born: Mon., Sep. 23, 1935
Died: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Feb. 27, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Feb. 27, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 28, 2018
Location: Wards Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Mar. 01, 2018
Location: Wards Funeral Home

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Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday March 1, 2018 at Ward’s Funeral Home Chapel for Rev. Raleigh Thomas Parks, age 82 of Gainesville. The Rev. Timothy Sullens, Rev. Billy Poole, Rev. Ronald Seabolt, speakers Chris Matthews, Ramone Gilbert and Dr. Sohel Momin will officiate. Interment will follow at Redwine United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Rev. Parks went home to be with the Lord on Sunday February 25, 2018.

Rev. Parks was born in Hall County to the late Robert Howard Parks Sr. and Julia Mauldin Parks. He had pastored Ridgeview Baptist Church in Forsyth County for 8 years and pastored Antioch Baptist Church in Dacula for 24 years. He had also worked security at the Hall County Courthouse from 2001-2010, and was a member of Prospect Baptist Church.

Survivors include wife of 63 years, Doris A. Thurmond Parks, daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Jeff Dixon, Vicki Landreth, Rhonda and Stephen Patterson, Tonya and Stuart Dailey, 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Flowers are welcomed or memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346

Condolences may be made online at Ward’s Funeral Home 758 Main Street S.W. Gainesville in charge of arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Rev. Raleigh's memory to the following organization:

Alzheimer's Association
311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: 617 868 6718

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Scott Weaver
   Posted Sun February 25, 2018
Very saddened to be seeing this. R.T. has been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. The entire Parks Family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Irene England
   Posted Mon February 26, 2018
Doris and girls, I am sorry to hear about Raleigh’s passing. Remember all the good times you have shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary Ann McDonald
   Posted Mon February 26, 2018
Rhonda, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Praying that God comfort you and your family through such a difficult loss. - Mary Ann

Patty Greenless
   Posted Mon February 26, 2018
As you celebrate a life well lived may the blessings of love be with you and bring you comfort.

Ann Parks
   Posted Mon February 26, 2018
Skeet and I had wonderful times when we were growing up. We lived in walking distance when we were in school. We visited each other and played in mud puddles. His father raised chickens and one day he gave me two chickens. Skeet would not carry them for me. I was afraid of them and threw them down a hill on the side of the road. Yes, of course, Uncle Bob asked mother if she liked the chickens. I got in trouble. His brother Horse Fly and I used to sang for our grandparents when we were very young. It was a great experience and I really missed them all now. God will give Doris and his 6 daughters comfort and peace. He wanted a boy so bad. We finally have a little one to carry on the Parks name. God has blessed all of us.
With love, your first cousin Ann

Karon (Wilkes)Gibbs
   Posted Mon February 26, 2018
Pam, I am so sorry to hear of your Daddy’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers Dear Friend. Love you Karon

Rickey E. Tumlin
   Posted Wed February 28, 2018
I consider myself privileged to have known and worked with the Rev. Raleigh Parks. He was always kind and courteous to those that encountered daily. My prayers go out his family. His friendship will always be treasured.

Sue Ipser
   Posted Wed February 28, 2018
Vicki and family,

Sending my love and blessings, and praying that all the wonderful memories you have, carry you through this difficult time. Another angel in heaven, waiting until the time all are together again.

Rhonda Patterson
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
Daddy, you were my world and I can't imagine life without you. Mom misses you terribly and is lost without you. We could see you wilting like a little flower. Now you have a new body and dont hurt anymore. We all love you.

   Posted Tue May 08, 2018

Still missing you badly. You are still here in my heart. I love you always. :-(

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