Courtney Cloyde Parks, 91, went home on July 15, 2014 to be with his Savior after an extended battle with cancer. Courtney was born June 23, 1923 in Lincoln County, Oklahoma to Uel Lee and Hazel Eugenia Parks. |
He was a WWII Veteran who served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard as a Gunner's Mate. Armed Guard provided protection on freighters carrying supplies to allied troops. He was in active service in Atlantic and Pacific Theaters.
After the war, Courtney attended and graduated from Sam Houston State University. He became a teacher and then would later serve as principal with Houston Independent School District at five of their schools, Robert E. Lee, Cooley, Jefferson, Elliott and Berry Elementary (becoming the Environmental Science Magnet School).
He was active in many professional organizations and a pioneer in environmental education. He was an active member of the Houston Men's Garden Club where he received top awards for his vegetable entries, Charter member of Huntsville VFW and an active volunteer in the early stages of Heart's Museum.
Courtney was a faithful member at First Methodist Church of Huntsville and later First United Methodist Church of Bedias.
Courtney is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sue Parks; his daughter Sandra and husband Clyde; son Courtney Jr and wife Rosemary; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lone Survivor Foundation, 2626 S. Loop West Suite 415, Houston, Texas, 77054 or online at www.LoneSurvivorFoundation.org.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM (NOON) to 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2014 at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas. Graveside services will follow immediately at Black Jack Cemetery. The procession will be escorted by members of the Combat veterans Motorcycle association and Patriot Guard.
Memorial condolences may be made to the family online at www.shmfh.com.
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, (936) 291-7300
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 20, 2014