Darrell Parks, 66, of Elwood, passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 at his home. He was born on October 29, 1954 to Rev. John E. and Gladys M. (Ely) Parks in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.
Darrell had a love for church. He gave God the praise for all His Blessings. The Lord blessed Darrell with good health, a family he truly loved and many good friends. He raised his children to have a love for church, love others, and have respect and compassion. Darrell loved spending time with his family. He had a special bond with his grandchildren, letting them ride and drive the tractors, being around horses, and putting up hay. Darrell taught his granddaughter how to throw a lasso. He was a hard worker and provider. We are truly blessed.
Darrell is survived by his wife of 44 years, Evelyn Napier Parks; daughter, Stephanie Parks of Elwood, who had her daddy wrapped around her little finger; son, Darrell W. Parks of Pickard, IN, who was always Dad's right arm man; daughter-in-law, Amanda Parks, who Darrell truly loved as his own and always ready to help; grandchildren, MaKayla Parks and Brantley Parks, who both had a special bond with their Papaw; 2 brothers, Alfred Parks of Strawtown and John D. & Rhonda Parks of Indianapolis; 2 sisters, Claretta & Curt Monday of Strawtown and Velma Turner of Noblesville; nephews & nieces, Michael & Nikki Turner of Frankton, Tonya & Michael Risden of Noblesville, and Justin Parks of Indianapolis; and great-nephews, Jonathan & Joshua Risden.
In addition to his parents, Darrell was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Mike Turner. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Paris & Maggieleen Ely Parks of Pucketts Creek, VA, with whom he spent most of his childhood and young adult life; and his grandparents, Ray & Pauline Ely of Cooney Hollow, VA.
Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, in Noblesville. An additional visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from Noon to 1:00 pm, with the Funeral Service beginning at 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Rev. Clifton Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at Cicero Cemetery in Cicero.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Darrell's best friend, Jim Cook.
Darrell touched many lives throughout his life and many more throughout his sickness. May everyone remember to put God first and foremost in their lives.