Walton Shea Parker
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Walton Shea Parker
  • July 26, 1927 - October 5, 2017
  • Coppell, Texas

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Walton Parker
July 27, 1927 - October 5, 2017
Walton Shea Parker (who everyone called "Parker") went to see the Lord on October 5th at the age of 90 in Dallas, Texas where he lived the last 5 years of his life, close to his children.
He was a man who was loved by everyone. He always had a playful spirit, a joyful heart, a kind word for all and was always such a gentleman. He will be truly missed by his family and many friends.
He was born in Parkin, Arkansas on July 26, 1927 to Gordon Parker and Eunice French Parker but spent his childhood growing up on a ranch on the banks on the Rio Grande River, close to Donna, Texas. He grew up as a true cowboy as he and his siblings, Medford, Janie, and Burton Parker, ran the ranch as his father worked as a Texas Ranger and was the only lawman in that area.
At the age of 18 years, Walton joined the Navy towards the end of WWII and was stationed in San Diego. After being discharged, Walton worked as a highway patrolman for a while until he decided to go to his beloved Texas Tech University. While working on his geology degree, he met his future wife, Neva Wise.
They were married in a double ceremony with her twin sister, Neta, and Jim Brookman on August 13th, 1952. This marriage lasted for over 60 years, until Neva passed in 2004.
After his marriage, Walton moved to Midland, Texas and started a successful career in Real Estate that spanned for 50 years. He was the owner/proprietor of Walton Parker Appraisal Service in Midland for 40 of those years.
He was preceded in death by all of his siblings: Medford Parker, Burton Parker, Janie Hughes, and, of course, his wife Neva, as well as her brother Frank Wise.
Surviving his death are his two children: Kelly Parker and partner, Maria Picaza and Kim Parker Pickett and Charlie Pickett; two grandchildren, Whitney and Sydney Pickett; sister in law, Neta; brother in law, John Wise; Joy Dyer, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
When Walton widowed in his 70's, he was given a second chance at love and having a second family. Joy Dyer, who was a family friend since their Texas Tech years, became his best friend and partner in life for the last 10 years.
There will be a visitation at Ellis Funeral Home on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to a reception at 12:30 p.m. before the funeral service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in the Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at
http://act.alz.org/site/TR?pxfid=446968&fr_id=1060&pg=fund&et=bpvJIo5pAVNB5vXE_ULK9Q&s_tafId=1910