Claude Earnest "Bud" Park (1950 - 2015)

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Bud Park, as he was known to friends and family alike, passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, to his eternal rest after a courageous battle with cancer.
Claude Earnest Park was born Sept. 11, 1950, in DuBois, where he was raised.
His friends and family will remember him not only as a decorated U.S. Army veteran, having served for 22 years and retiring as a Sergeant, First Class, but also as a veteran of the Newport News Public Schools, having faithfully served the community in numerous capacities, including most recently mentoring and tutoring youth at several elementary schools.
Bud was an avid sportsman, a hobby which he passed on to friends and family alike.
He was also an involved member of his church, having served in various capacities with the different ministries available, in recent years having been an active member of Temple Baptist Church of Newport News, Va.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Effie; father, Claude; and his brothers, Charles and Wesley.
He is survived by his wife, Yolanda Park of Newport News; his daughter, Easter Christopher and husband, Adam, of California and their four children: Sarah, Narayan, Alex, and Michele Kurpierz and her son, Damien. He is also survived by his stepson, Allan Snodgrass of Newport News; a stepdaughter, Jessica Reynolds, and her husband, Robert and son, Jacob, also of Newport News.
A celebration of life service was held Sept. 30 at Temple Baptist Church in Newport News. Interment was private.
While Bud may be gone in mind and body, his spirit lives on within us. Author M. J. Rose writes, "Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight.... I am ...but for an interval some where very near, just round the corner. All is well..."
The family would like to thank everyone for their support in this difficult time, and would ask that in lieu of flowers, a memorial be made in Bud's memory to the Legacy 75 program at Temple Baptist or to the Yates Elementary School Literacy Program in his name.
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Temple Baptist Church
235 Harpersville Rd
Newport News, VA 23601
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Published in The Courier Express from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2015
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