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Arnold Oliver Parker

March 4, 1929 ~ January 26, 2022 (age 92)



Arnold Oliver Parker entered the gates of glory on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. This long-time servant of God joined his wife of fifty-one years, Carmella Nowlin Parker. Mr. Parker had a successful career as a math and science teacher, UIL academic coach taking students, including his son-in-law, to the State and National levels, and as a school principal. In his thirty-six years of education, he impacted the lives of Texas and California students in the school districts of Hoopa, CA, Hearne, Boling,  Colorado City, Motley County, and Whiteface.

Funeral is 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Hilltop Assembly of God Church in Boyd, Texas with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church.

Pastor Billie Fitch will officiate. Pallbearers include Dan Parker, Matthew Parker, Tommy Parker, Duane Allred, Scott Warner, Hayden Roderick, and Chris Poss.

 Born March 4th, 1929, in Memphis, Texas, Mr. Parker left school as a junior in high school to join the Navy and support America’s freedom at the end of WWII.  After his stint in the Navy, he moved to Commerce, Texas, where he met his wife Carmella while attending college at East Texas State University, now known as East Texas A&M. In their marriage of over fifty years, they had one daughter and three sons. Throughout his teaching career, he returned to school to further his education in the area of math and science, ultimately earning a Master’s degree from Texas A&M University. As a lifetime learner, he accumulated over 300 hours of college credit in math, science, and leadership.

 A person could sit down with Mr. Parker and would learn quickly his love of the Lord. Each town where he lived, he served as the deacon of the Assembly of God Church. Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd, Texas, is his home church, where he played an active part in their building plan as a deacon. Additionally, he is known for his “corny” jokes, loud singing, and vibrant personality. In any conversation, he was quick to ask, “Did you hear the one where…?” Off he would go into a joke that always brought laughter to the conversation.  Pet names were given to individuals he loved, so family members were know as “Seatless, Boog, Ears Wayne, and the list goes on.”

 Arnold Parker was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carmella Nowlin, his son Robert Lynn Parker, brothers Robert, Mex, Jack, and Bill, sisters Artie and Mysie Lee “Mike”, and his father and mother.  Family members left here on Earth include Madge Skidmore Parker, wife of ten years; daughter Lillian Jean Boyd and husband Tom Boyd; son Arnold Wayne Parker and wife Linda; son Stephen Floyd “Boog” Parker and wife Laura; daughter-in-law Traci Parker and grandchildren including Dan and Amanda Parker, Matthew and Erica Parker, Sarah and Chris Poss; Tara and Duane Allred; Erica and Scott Warner; Lisa and Hayden Roderick; Tommy Parker and fourteen great-grandchildren.  


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January 28, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hilltop Assembly of God
1670 E. State Hwy 114
Boyd, Texas 76023

Funeral Service
January 29, 2022

2:00 PM
Hilltop Assembly of God
1670 E. State Hwy 114
Boyd, Texas 76023

Interment following funeral service
January 29, 2022

Boyd Cemetery

Boyd , Texas 76023

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