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Vester O’Donnell Parks

Vester O’Donnell Parks, age 76, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at his home. He was born on Thursday, May 7, 1942 to Arlie Odonel Parks and Verna Patten Cunningham in Mena, Arkansas.

Vester was a good man and hard worker. He worked as a local policeman in the 1970’s, and later went on to work for the Polk County Road Department. Vester also worked as the Campground Manager at Wolf Pen Gap. He relished the outdoors and liked to fish and deer hunt when he could, and also enjoyed gardening and canning. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Vester was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his father, Arlie Parks; his mother and step father, Verna and Dee Cunningham and one son, Vester Parks II.
Vester is survived by his loving wife of 5 years, Donna Parks of Mena; two sons, Mike Parks of Mena, and Richard Parks of Wilson, North Carolina; two daughters, Victoria Jones of Henderson, Tennessee, and Twana Parks of Medon, Tennessee; one stepson, Derek Miller; two brothers, Ernal Cunningham of Mena, and Jeff Cunningham of Mena; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 19, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Old Dallas Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.
Pallbearers will be Farrell Cole, Jewell Watkins, Brent Shrader, Jim Bo Davis, Derek Miller, and Cameron Ramirez.
Honorary Pallbearers are Dwight Goodner and Joe Bill Ward.
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