William MacArthur “Mac” Parks went to be with his Lord on August 12, 2017. He was born on June 15, 1943 to Buford and Bernice Graves Parks at their farm home in Prairie View, Arkansas. He graduated from Scranton High School in 1961 and then attended Harding University and Oklahoma Christian College where he studied Bible. In 1965 he married the love of his life, Viola Layman Parks. He preached in Roosevelt, Wetumpka, and Spiro, Oklahoma before he and Viola decided to move back to the Parks farm and raise their family. Mac loved his family, but his true first love was preaching the gospel and sharing the Lord with others. He continued to preach and do home Bible studies throughout his life. He served as minister for the New Blaine church of Christ for many years as well as preaching for several churches in the area when he was called. After many years as a pastor and farmer, Mac enjoyed retirement years employed with Walmart. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching baseball, and hanging out with his brother.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Viola Layman Parks; four daughters, Mittie Greening and husband Bruce of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Ona Dunlap and husband Bruce of Prairie View, Arkansas, Leah Lee and husband Shannon of Paris, Arkansas and Lydia June Reif and husband William of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is also survived by one brother, Robert “Bob” Parks of Prairie View and one sister, Mary Alice Watson of Edmond, Oklahoma; Eight grandchildren Corbin, Kelsey, and Quade Greening, Dillon Linscott, Alexis Highbargin, Alexys Rae Lee and Darby and Megan Crosby; One honorary grandson Fidelis Wolf and two nieces, Becky Walderbach of Edmond, Oklahoma and Phylis Frye of Houston, Texas, along with many friends, family, and his extended Walmart associate family as well as his many brothers and sisters in Christ.
Services will be held Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10 a.m., at the Clarksville Church of Christ.
Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Clarksville Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to a scholarship fund set up in Mac’s name at the Clarksville Church of Christ.