William Porter Parks

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 17, 1932

Departed on September 17, 2017 and resided in Springfield, Tennessee

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William Porter Parks, age 85 of Springfield, passed away on September 17, 2017 at his home with his devoted wife.

He was born on May 17, 1932 to the late Homer Hill and Amanda Ruth Rawls Parks.

Mr. Parks was an Untied States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He worked for many years at the Kroger Distribution Center and Cutters in Nashville.

Here is what Mrs. Dian told about hers and Porters life…

So many find our first date really sweet and quite comical!

In 1978 we both lost our spouse, my husband passed away of a heart attack and his wife in a tragic car accident. About eight or nine years later his youngest son Chris and I worked together at Krogers in Hickory Hollow. He came to me one day and asked for my phone number for his dad, after finding out that I was a widow. After many failed attempts, I finally gave in and gave him my number. When Porter called the first time we talked late into the night and soon realized our lives were running parallel.

He lived in Nashville and I was living in Springfield. On our first date, which for me was a true blind date. Porter showed up with a large bag of home grown turnip greens, tomatoes and hot cayenne peppers; little did he know he was coming to court a real country girl.

Over the next year we began growing from two single parent families to one united family that was brought together by a boy who wanted his father to be happy again. We were married  in front of our family and many friends on April 16, 1988. We are now proud parents of 11 children, 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. We just celebrated our 29th Wedding anniversary.

Over the past 29 years, our two families have join together celebrating birthday, weddings and anniversaries.  This year with him not feeling 100%, Porter was bound and determined to take me out to dinner and write me a poem like he has for our anniversary every year.

This memory was shared with laughter and tears for a man loved so deeply by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Parks is preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Patsy Parks; sister, Rebecca Sue Quirk and daughter, Patricia Sweatt Sloan.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Emma Dian Sweatt Parks; children, William Michael (Larka) Parks, Thomas Stephen (Lisa) parks, Mary Ellen Parks Gortney, David Brian (Denise) Parks, Christopher Allan Parks, Billy (Karen) Sweatt, Paula (Ron) DeBerry, Alan (Brandi) Sweatt, Pamela (Jerry) Worsham, and Scott (Ginger) Sweatt; his sister, Dorothy Mae Blanker; grandchildren, Michael Patrick (Candice) Parks, James William (Sarah) Parks, Stewart Thomas Parks, Garrison Taylor Parks, Joshua Ray Brewer, Nathaniel hill Parks, Clinton (Shenna) Sweatt, Casey (Natalie) Sweatt, Ryan (Stacey) Clinard, Jena (James) Story, John (Leslie) Worsham, Lyndsey (Derek) Baldwin, Paul (Sara) Sweatt, Elizabeth Sweatt, Olivia Sweatt, Rob DeBerry, Logan Birdwell, and Kimberly Traughber; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A Life Celebration will be held at 2:00pm on September 21, 2017 at Springfield Funeral Home with burial to follow at Springfield Memorial Gardens with Mike Parks, David Parks, Chris Parks, Billy Sweatt, Alan Sweatt and Scott Sweatt serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Giardina, John Giardina, James Quirk, Michael Patrick Parks, James William Parks, Stewart Thomas Parks, Garrison Taylor Parks,Joshua Ray Brewer, Nathaniel Hill Parks, Clinton Sewatt, Casey Sewatt, Ryan Clinard, John Worsham,Paul Sweatt, Rob DeBerry, Logan Birdwell and Chipper Ellis. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 20th from 4-8pm then again on Thursday from 10am until the time of service.



13 Comments to Mr. William Porter Parks

  1. Carolyn Morrow says:

    Dear Mary, I pray you will know the LOVE & GRACE the Lord offers to us during these times of temporary separation. Thank the Lord, we will see them again the future. I love you. Carol

  2. LIsa Parks says:

    To the best father in law ,father,husband, and grandfather anyone could ask for!Thank you Pawpaw for being so kind and loving to all of us!!!!!Steve,Stewart, Garrison, and I love you so much!!!!!Dian,Mike,Mary,Davy and Chris ,we will be praying for God’s peace for you all!!.What a precious family!

  3. Ann and Chipper Ellis says:

    So sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.

  4. Joy Holt says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’d like to share some real hope with you. In John 5:28 and Acts 24:15 the bible tells us there’s going to be a resurrection of our loved ones back here to the earth. When Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, he brought him back to earth. He’s going to do that on a much larger scale in the future. In Psalms 37:11+29 it tells us man will live forever on the earth in peace. That really shouldn’t surprise us. That was God’s original purpose; for man to live forever in the garden of eden. God’s purpose hasn’t changed. That’s why he provided his son to die for us, John 3:16, so we could have everlasting life. In Revelation 21:4 it says there’ll be no more pain or death. Is there pain and death in heaven? Of course not so that’s talking about here on earth. Please go to JW.org and click on to the publication “What does the bible really Teach”. It will answer questions from the bible ; like “where are the dead” and “why does God allow suffering”.

  5. Beverly Barnes says:

    Mary ,
    My prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Carrie (Williams) Litsey and Jordan Litsey says:

    Dear Mary, Mike, Steve, “Davey” and Chris:

    Jordan and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Porter. I have such fond memories of him in our teenage years!
    He was was funny and he sure did love to joke and tease with all us girl friends of Mary. He could make us laugh so hard! He was a sweetheart for sure!

    We pray God’s Peace and Strength surround you all now and in the days ahead. Your tears will flow, and your hearts will ache as you grieve and mourn his loss. But so too will the smiles come as you all remember funny things he said and the Love he gave. Celebrate and rejoice in those memories, lean upon one another.

    Reading his obituary, I am amazed to see all those grandchildren and great-grandchildren!!!! What a blessing he was given! He touched so many lives–all woven together in a vast tapestry of love.
    Each of us will one day leave this earth for our treasures in Heaven. Be comforted in knowing you all will see Porter again one day.
    Our love, hugs, and prayers are with you all.

  7. Terry and Susan Atchley says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  8. Janie & Rick Hester says:

    We are very sorry for the death of Porter. Rick and I always enjoyed talking to him he had a great sense of humor.

  9. Suzanna Harris says:

    Diane, Mike, Steve, Mary, David & Chris we are so very sorry for your loss. You all are in our prayers and thoughts. We love you all so very much. Porter will be greatly missed. Rick, Susie and Brandon Harris

  10. Marnie Lehew says:

    Mr. and Mrs. David Parks,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We wanted to let you know we were thinking of you and Nathan and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Cery, Marnie, and Jackson Lehew

  11. Kristy Simmons Hennessee says:

    Mary I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad was always so good to all your friends when we were growing up. I always felt like part of your family. I will pray for you and your family during this sad time.

  12. Sandy and Tom Edwards. says:

    GG , as we have come to know and love you as.
    We are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Porters passing.
    He was a wonderful man. We always enjoy hearing
    your funny stories of him. We know you’ll miss him
    greatly. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Donna Poag says:

    Aunt Diane and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful and fairytale life you shared with Porter. I never had the opportunity to meet this amazing man that I hear great things about. But the greatest of all he brought so much joy and happiness to the life of a woman that was so deserving!

    My hearts and prayers are with all of you🙏

    Donna Poag

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