Bob Paul Parker Sr.
September 27, 1932 ~ February 22, 2021
Bobby “Bob” Paul Parker, Sr., 88, of Longview, and formerly of Normangee and Beaumont, Texas, passed away peacefully Monday, February 22, 2021. Family and friends are invited to a Graveside Service honoring Bob at 11:00 am Saturday, March 6 at Hopewell Cemetery in Normangee. Services are in the care of Cozart Funeral Home in Normangee.
Bob was born September 27, 1932, in Normangee, Texas, to Marvin Lee and Ruby Parker. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Vidor, Texas, for many years, where he also owned his own salvage yard, Freeway Auto Parts, and the Salvage Guide. Bob was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a staunch supporter of education. Having been impacted and inspired by one of his high school teachers, he received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University, sometimes having to hitch rides to get back and forth to college. He loved playing golf with his friends and eating breakfast at the Waffle House. He was a generous supporter of his alma mater of Normangee, Texas for the Ex-Students Association of Normangee, Texas, and helped to raise money for scholarships for graduating seniors.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lena Parker, and his brother Pete Parker.
He is survived by his sister Audee Reed of Flynn, Texas; his son, Bobby Parker, Jr of Vidor, Texas and his children T.J. Parker, Allan Parker and his wife Leann, Julie Parker, and Lizzie Parker; his daughter Becky Parker Meitzen and her husband Jimmie of Longview, Texas and their daughters, Makenzie Meitzen and Maggie Meitzen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Normangee Ex-Students Association, c/o Normangee High School, ATTN: Kim Tesch, PO Box 219, Normangee, TX 77871 for scholarships for graduating seniors.
I'm so proud to have known Mr Parker. I met Mr Parker in Beaumont, Texas at Hwy 105 Waffle House in 2014. I then went back to being the Manager at the Lumberton Waffle House where Mr Parker followed me. I enjoyed the many stories of his mother, Ruby Parker, which he talked about every time I seen him how he would make sure to call her every day. He talked about his wife, he said she told him he worked to much but she always had what she wanted, and she deserved the best. He would tell me different stories about his kids and grandkids. Mr Parker was ONE of a kind and Im Blessed to have called him my friend! I would call him and he would say 'Hey Sweetie..I can't wait to get back to Beaumont and back to Waffle House to get my breakfast'….order scramble cheese with raisin toast and hashbrowns with onions and an order of sausage, large glass of milk. Mr Parker will forever be in my heart!!!? RIP Mr Parker…I love you.
Sir, You will be truly missed.
Sincere sympathy to Bob's family. He was one of my late husband's great friends. They solved the problems of the world over weekly lunches. Bob was a pleasure to be around. He is missed.
Our condolences on the passing of Bob. We had a lot of laughs and stories. Paul and Judy Broussard
IMr Parker and my dad were good friends they were on the board of directors at vidor state bank for years and ate lunch every Thursday … When tropical storm Harvey came in 2017 he and I stayed at Jay Aldridges place we really had a good time he talked about growing up in Normagee then going to Sam Houston university then going in to the army and all his achievements that he was blessed with. I miss the time we spent together and his company and all the stories he'd tell may God bless his family and give y'all peace in his passing Mr Parker your one of a kind God bless
Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I have fond memories of him and Dewitt Hollingsworth playing in golf tournaments at Riverwood Golf Club in Vidor. May God bless his soul and shed his grace over Bob's family. Mark