PARKS, Russell "Dale," age 81, of Moundsville, WV, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, in Wheeling Hospital Medical Park.
He was born May 27, 1931, in Moundsville, the son of the late Carl W. and Gertrude Dowler Parks.
He was a graduate of Marshall College; a US Army Veteran; a retired Band Director from Marshall County Board of Education, after 40 years of teaching; a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he was an Elder Emiratis; a member of Marshall Union Lodge 8 AF&AM, Moundsville Lions Club, Moundsville Order of the Eastern Star 86, Osiris Shrine, where he served as past Commander of Legion of Honor and a van driver for Shrine Hospitals; past president of the Marshall County Credit Union; and past president of the WV Band Masters Association.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Trimby; and a brother-in-law, Charles H. Trimby.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Belma Jean Mayo Parks; three sons, Rick (Ludean) Parks of Huntington, WV, Steven Parks of Villa Park, IL, and David (Clare) Parks of Frankfort, IN; a daughter, Carol Jean (Jeffery) Miles of Barboursville, WV; seven grandchildren, Rusty, Joe, Emily and Mary Parks; Courtney, Cassidy, and Kylie Miles; a nephew, Gary Trimby of Arden, NC; a niece, Sharon Snow of Huntsville, TX; and several cousins.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 11 a.m. at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, with Rev. Wesley Howsare officiating.
Masonic Graveside Services and Interment will be held Thursday at 1p.m. at "The White Chapel" at White Gardens Chapel, Barboursville, WV.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 3rd St. & Grant Ave., Moundsville, WV 26041 or Osiris Child Transportation, P.O. Box 2048, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.