Ron Parker, longtime resident from Apperson, OK went to be with the Lord on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. He was 64 years young.
Ronnie was born the son of Calvin and Mary Ellen Parks Parker on Oct. 9th 1954 in Guymon, OK. In 1973 he gave his life to the Lord and found great joy in serving Him. In his early years he took numerous missions trips around the world including several to Haiti, The Philippines, Mexico the Bahama Islands and five trips to Canada to minister to the Canadian Indians. Ronnie fearlessly traveled to the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. At that time it was a no go zone for Christian missionaries. He led many souls to Christ passing out bibles and praying for anyone with a need. At one time, there were six churches in Hati that Ron regularly supplied them with their study guides and weekly messages. He also pastored churches in Trinidad, CO, Guymon and Upper Room Fellowship in Ponca City.
In his later years he worked as an insulator for Ponca City Refinery and as a carpenter for Meadowbrook Village trailer park in Ponca City.
He continued to touch many lives everywhere he went. He was a talented singer, songwriter, guitarist and the Lord blessed him with a special gift to paint and create amazing works of art. He found much joy sharing his love of music with those around him.
Ronnie was a gentle man. He was a man of peace who never spoke an unkind word of anyone. He was trusting and selfless. He would give the shirt off his back to a stranger in need.
He is survived by his precious mother, Mary Ellen Parker of Webb City; three children, Jason Parker, Elizabeth Eilrich and husband Trevor, Lydia McWithey and husband Troy of Ponca City; four step-children, Daniel Harlow and wife Kristin, Nathan Harlow and wife Elizabeth both of Ponca City, Rickey Pugh of Howe, Texas and Jessica Reed of Gracemont; brother Edwin Parker and sister Gayla Swinson of Webb City, and sister Mira Jones and husband Denny of Cincinnati, Ohio. Ronnie cherished all his grandchildren, Isaiah, Jordan, Teagon, Breanna, Dreamin, Chloe, Vincent, Daxton, Cameron, Noah and Rhyse, but he had a very special place in his heart for his little Olivia who he loved very much and raised like one of his own.
He was preceded in death by his father Calvin Parker, his wife Shawna Parker, sisters Debra Blackwell, Pamela Grass and brother-in-law Wayne Grass; nieces Paula and Gayla Blackwell, Kelly Shoptese and Terri Grass.
Viewing will be held at the Hunsaker-Wooten funeral home in Fairfax on March 14th, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 15th, 2019 at Webb City Church of God in Webb City with pastor on Don Reed officiating. Immediately following, he will be laid to rest at the Burbank Cemetery next to his wife Shawna Parker.
Casket bearers will be Jake Smith, Daniel Harlow, Nathan Harlow, Harold Roberts, William Leonard and Denny Jones. Honorary casket bearer will be Jason Parker. Online guestbook may be found at www.hunsakerwootenfunerhome.com.
Ronnie’s cherished memory will forever live on through the songs he sang and the music he wrote.
O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21