Johnny M. Parker, 66, of Van Buren entered heaven on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, following a brief illness. He was born July 30, 1947, in Fort Smith to John Milton Parker and Marie (Leonard) Parker of Van Buren. Johnny was a 1966 graduate of Van Buren High School and attended the University of Arkansas. He was a Navy veteran, retired from the U.S. Postal Service and a member of Heritage United Methodist Church.
Johnny’s life centered around his faith, family, friends and fun. His favorite pastimes included playing golf with his buddies at Cedars, fishing with his brother-in-law, watching sporting events and cooking for family and friends. He was known for his laid back disposition, positive attitude, quick wit and ever present smile. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton Parker and Marie Parker Minor; his mother-in-law, Lena Cotton Russell; and nephew, J. Cody Nutt.
A "Celebration of Life" service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Heritage United Methodist Church in Van Buren. Following the service there will be a visitation with family and a reception in the church fellowship hall.
He is survived by his wife, Donna (Cotton) Parker of the home; one daughter, Stacy Parker Marry and husband Peter of Commerce, Mich.; one granddaughter, Zoey Marie Marry of Commerce, Mich.; his stepfather, James Minor of Van Buren; two brothers-in-law, Jim Cotton and wife Betsy of Fort Smith and Bill Cotton of Paris; one sister-in-law, Beverly (Cotton) Taylor and husband Joel of Eureka Springs; one nephew, Jamie Cotton of Fort Smith; two nieces, Taylor Cotton of Fayetteville and Merritt Taylor of Eureka Springs; one aunt, Gladys Ruppert of Lewisville, Texas; cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Heritage United Methodist Church Building fund, 1604 Pointer Trail, Van Buren, AR 72956.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.