Roger Leon Parker, 78, of Gainesville, TX, passed into the arms of his loving Savior, with loved ones waiting at the pearly gates, on September 30, 2020, at his home in Gainesville. Public viewing will be on Friday, October 2, 2020, from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at The Nelson Grove Cemetery with full Military Honors. Bro. Lyndel Lee will be officiating.
Leon was born on August 17, 1942 to C.M. and Leota Mitchell Parker in Walnut Bend, TX. He graduated from Callisburg High School in 1961. He was a veteran in the United States Airforce at Lackland Airforce base in San Antonio, TX. He served in Korea from 1964-1965, where he helped train military police dogs. He achieved Expert Marksman in every weapon issued by the military during his term. He was an Honor guard in Dallas for President John F. Kennedy in 1963. After his service in the U.S. Airforce he helped train drug enforcement dogs in Houston and helped established Harris County Sheriff’s office first canine unit. He later became a butcher by profession and always added a little something extra to your order with his bubbly personality. He married Patsy Melton Parker on November 16th, 1988 in Gainesville, TX. They were happily married for over 30 years. Leon was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to many. He was a member of the Legacy Pointe Baptist Church in Whitesboro.
He is survived by his wife Patsy Parker; daughter Tammy Eilers and husband Joe of Woodbine, son Jeff Parker and wife Amy of Woodbine, daughter Jenny Garner of Woodbine, daughter Misty Noller and husband Nathan of Woodbine; son Bill Payeur and wife Stephanie of Callisburg,
16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Leon is preceded in death by his father C.M. Parker, mother Leota Mitchell Smith, step-father Calvin Smith, brother Ricky Dale Parker, in-laws Billy and Kathleen Melton, brother Gaylon Parker and son Brad Payeur.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Trio Hospice nurses Ronda Baldwin and Kelly Dickson who lovingly cared for Leon during his final days.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Legacy Pointe Baptist Church, P.O. Box 247, Whitesboro, TX 76273.
In support of our local, state, and federal government including CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, social distancing and the wearing of masks while attending the funeral services and visitation will be observed.
Patsy and family. I am so sorry for the loss of Leon, and your son and as well as your brother-in -law. God bless you and be with you and your family.
Fly high sweet man,ill always remember you from my childhood! Very sweet and caring! Watch over your family YOU HAVE THE BEST!
Love all of y’all so much, such a huge part of my life. I’m praying for everyone to have some peace, after all you’ve come through.
My heart is breaking for you. I’m so sorry to hear of Leon’s passing. I will be praying for you and your family.
Love and prayers ,
Patsy, so sorry for your loss. May God lift you in spirit and put his comforting arms around you in the days & weeks to come. Leon will be missed by many.
Carl & Barbara Pafford
So sorry for your loss, you’re poor family has been through so much. Patsy, we are praying for you and your dear family during this challenging time and the upcoming days ahead.
I will always remember the childhood memories when things where much more simple. Getting together with family from gainsville and having the best home cooked meals from Granny Peggy and Patsy. Leon I always studied bc of how happy he was and the stories he told. 1st Corinth chapter 15. I will never forget that. I love you my family.
Jenny, omg, i am feeling so sad for you. I want to throw my arms around you and keep you and the kids protected at this point, if only I could. Know that you and the kids have been on my mind constantly. To y’all and the rest of your family, may God keep you all in his arms and give you the strength to get through all of this huge burden and sorrow. Love you.
I will always remember you. The times I got to spend with Tammy when were young. You were such a good Dad and I always felt welcomed into the family
Praying for your family. May God be with you during this difficult and trying time. God only takes you through a storm because he knows your enemies can’t swim. Know that God is your refuge in this time. Love and pease be with you all. ❤️??☮️
So sorry to hear this. We are thinking and praying for the family. Lo ve you all.
Vernon and Charlotte Sorrell
Our Kansas family sends our love and prayers to all Parker families at this very sad time. Leon was the force behind a large and strong group of loving family members, he remains a strong force in spirit! His spirit lives in all of you! Peace be with you.
Sincere and heart felt love coming your way.
So very sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all
Patsy, I am so sad for you. I pray God surrounds you in his tender love and comforts you and your sweet family. I love you.
Patsy, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, son, and brother-in-law. May God wrap you in His loving arms and give you hope and comfort at this time. Prayers for all
Patsy and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort are with you all today and the days ahead.
Kevin and Laurie Harvick
We are sorry for your loss.
Leon observed a most honorable life with sincere dedication to his family, country and his Savior. He was a fighter who beat the odds with his health issues. With heavy hearts, we wish the Parkers a god bless recovery.
So sorry Patsy, we are praying for you and your family, we love y’all!
Jimmy and Robin Sorrell
Blessings , prayers, and love for each of you. So sorry I could not be with you during this time, but please know my prayers and love are with you. With lots of love and many fond memories. Phyllis ( Randy too )
I am shocked and terribly sorry for all you have gone through Patsy. May God touch you during these times. I will be praying for you.