Ellis Glenn Parker passed away Friday, June 19, 2009, at his home at the age of 91. Graveside services will be Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Eldorado Cemetery under the direction of Kerbow Funeral Home.
Glenn was born in Eldorado to Mary Emily Thorpe Parker and William Henry Parker, pioneer Schleicher County merchants and stock farmers, on May 12, 1918.
Glenn graduated from Eldorado High School and attended Angelo Junior College until he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp in November 1941. Glenn was stationed at Scott Field in Illinois and served until 1945. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a Radio Operator Instructor during World War II. He was an Eldorado merchant and rancher, operating Parker Foods and Parker Farms until his death. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #890 for over 60 years and the First United Methodist Church in Eldorado.
He married Loyce Evelyn Higgins on March 12, 1949. She passed away January 12, 1991. They had 2 sons, David Glenn Parker and Robert William Parker.
Glenn was the youngest of 6 children. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters: Grady Parker, Mary Davis, (twin sisters) Velma Lela “Bill” Burleson, Verna Lina “Jack” Dorris, and W. T. “Pete” Parker.
Glenn is survived by his sons – David and wife Robin of Austin, Robert and wife Joella of Eldorado; grandchildren – Lindsay Robertson and husband John of Midlothian, Joshua Parker of Albany, Shay Parker of Eldorado; great-grandchildren – Neeley Robertson, Aidan Robertson, Eli Robertson all of Midlothian, and Kelton Parker of Albany. Glenn had 2 nieces – Mary Thorpe Parker of Austin and Ruth Fairall and husband Bill of Eldorado; and 2 nephews – John Dean Dorris and wife Gladys of Iraan, and Wayne H. Davis of Abilene. He is also survived by a very special family friend, Ram Garza. He also leaves behind his faithful pound dog, “Sugar”.
Glenn will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving him. He was an inspiration to many.
The family wishes to thank Eva Sorrells with Home Health Care for her love and care of Glenn for over a year. We also thank Debra Webb, Donna, Becky, Mike, and Jerry all of Hospice of San Angelo for their loving care during Glenn’s last days.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of San Angelo or First United Methodist Church of Eldorado.