Gary Ray Parker, 71, of Amarillo, TX went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 7, 2020.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, December 3, 2020, at Grace Church. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Gary was born on May 26, 1949, in Vernon, TX to John Raymond and Dixie Rae Jordan Parker. He became a Christian at the age of 12 at Calvary Baptist Church in Dumas, TX.
Gary loved horses ever since he was a little boy, probably because his dad had horses. He learned to ride bare back at about five years of age. Horses remained an important part of his life until the end. He also loved rebuilding and driving old cars. He was a member of the Dumas Bad Boys in high school (the ones with the coolest cars and the prettiest dates).
Gary served his country in the Navy in three atomic submarines during the Vietnam era. He loved his country.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Kay Hammontree Parker, of the home; two sons, Cody Lane and spouse Danielle Box, of Murfreesboro, TN, and Dillon Rae Parker, of Dallas, TX; one daughter, Chantelle Parker Bright and spouse Don, of Dallas, TX; two granddaughters, Atley and Maddy; three siblings, Doris Parker Stout, Barbara Parker Drinkard, and John Parker, Jr. and wife Becky Taylor Parker; seven nieces; and six nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Peggy Parker, and Wazetta Parker Dickey.