Jesse Wayne Parker

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Jesse Wayne Parker was born May 7, 1923, to Arthur C. (Tad) and Faye Collins Parker in Love County, near Marietta, Oklahoma. When Wayne was five years old the family moved to the Dill community (before the name became Dill City). Wayne attended two room schools at Bethel and Payne and consolidated schools of Burns Flat, Port, and Dill, graduating from Dill High School in 1941. Following graduation, he worked as a farm hand in Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, New Mexico, and Colorado. During World War II, in 1942, Wayne enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. After basic training, he was always assigned to a squadron which was involved with the assembling and training of bomber crews for the B-17, B-24, B-25, B-26, and A-26 aircraft. His specific duty was administration work in the squadron or headquarters. On December 1, 1943, he married Carolyn Tate from Dill in the base chapel at MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida. After he was discharged, Wayne worked for three years running a retail milk delivery route for the Borden Milk Company in Oklahoma City. In 1949, Wayne and Carolyn moved to the farm west of Dill City and have continued to live there until the present. In addition to operating the farm, Wayne worked as a Civil Service employee for the Department of Defense for 16 years at the Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base in Burns Flat. After the Air Force Base closed, he was in the used farm equipment business for ten years and traveled several states buying equipment to sell at his lot in Dill City. Wayne was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Dill City, where he served the church as Deacon, Sunday School Director, Church Training Director, Sunday School teacher, head usher, treasurer, trustee, and insurance representative. He served on Pastor Search, Building, Budget, and Nominating Committees. In addition, he served nine years on the Board of Directors of the Farmers Co-op in Dill City, serving three years as President. Wayne loved the rural country life, loved living in the country, and loved farming. He experimented with different methods of farming and was farming row-tilled cotton before there was factory equipment or chemicals for that method. Although he enjoyed farming and his additional jobs and serving the church and community, Wayne’s first priority was always his family. He never missed a ball game, music recital, concert, or school play while his children were growing up. In addition, he taught them to appreciate nature, poetry, classic movies, and in recent years, the Oklahoma City Thunder. He felt it was important to provide memory making experiences for his family such as vacations to Florida and California, swimming at Crystal Lake, the Elk City Rodeo, and family reunions. Jesse continued this tradition with the granddaughters, planning cookouts at the creek, tractor rides, and playing on the tire swing. Wayne loved to travel by car and see the country. He and Carolyn have visited or driven through 40 of the 50 states in the US. After three years of illness, which he met with determination and resilience, Wayne passed from this life to heaven on Sunday, September 7, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Dill City First Baptist Church. Wayne is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of the home, his sister, Mary Graves and Don of Yukon, children, Diane Parker of Little Rock, Jess and Laurie Parker of Dill City, Peggy and John McGaha of Gretna, Nebraska. He is survived by five grandchildren, Emily McGaha of Nebraska, Abbie and Josh Cobb of California, Jessica and Joshua Funk of Rush Springs, Annie and Jason Coffin of Cheyenne, J.R. and Tiffany Moler of Sayre, ten great grandchildren, Aubri, Caleb, Ryan, Jaci, Wyatt, Braylee, William, Keith, Johnnie, and Jerricka, five nieces, three nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tad and Faye Parker, parents in law, Lee and Margaret Tate, brother, AC Parker Jr, his granddaughter, Sara Nicole McGaha, and many relatives and good friends. Memorials may be made to Southwest Baptist University for the Sara McGaha Memorial Scholarship Fund and mailed to Southwest Baptist University, 1600 University Avenue, Bolivar, Missouri, 65613. As mentioned above Sara was Wayne’s granddaughter. Services are under the direction of Musick–Varner Funeral Home of Cordell.