LEXINGTON— Services for John W. Parker Sr., 94, of Granbury will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in First Baptist Church in Lexington. Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery near Lexington.
Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Lexington.
Mr. Parker died Thursday, Jan. 26.
He was born April 9, 1917, to Nancy and Curtis Parker in Lexington.
Mr. Parker’s family continues to operate one of the longest continually running ranches in the state of Texas, a designation given by the Southwest Texas Cattlemen’s Association.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a pilot, achieving the rank of captain.
Mr. Parker drove for Mayflower Moving Co. for over 25 years, before starting his own trucking company, and ending up owning over a quarter of the trucks in Mayflower’s Electronic Fleet.
He then moved into financing trucks of other drivers who had fallen on hard times, helping those men become independent owner/operators.
Mr. Parker moved to Granbury in 1978 with his wife, Theda Rhea.
She preceded him in death in 1987 after 49 years of marriage.
He then met and had a 25-year relationship with Kay Willis, who died in 2011.
Survivors are a son, John W. Parker Jr.; a daughter, Donna Hill; a brother, Edward Parker; a sister, Rebecca Lewis; and five grandchildren, Scott Parker, Melissa Parker, Gregg Hill, Bradley Hill and Regina Graves; also, seven great-grandchildren.