Gary Ray Parker

Gary Ray Parker
Gary Ray Parker

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.

4 Replies to “Gary Ray Parker”

  1. “Take Her Down”
    Take her down, and softly glide
    Through the deep blue underneath the ocean.
    We’ll control, the oceans wide
    From down, down, underneath the sea.
    Torpedoes crash and missiles roar.
    Is the music underneath the ocean
    From down below we’ll up the score
    Of the ships on the bottom of the sea.

    Say some toasts and pass the word,
    In the futures yet to be
    That we’re safe as long as there’s
    A submariner underneath the sea.
    So rig for dive, and take her down
    Down, down underneath the ocean.
    Fearless men, who find renown
    In the deep blue underneath the sea.

    from one submariner to another.
    fair winds and following seas.
    ETV1 (SS) Hall

  2. My sweetheart, I miss you terribly but am thankful that Jesus gave us 7 1/2 years together.

    Please give Jesus a big old hug for me and tell all our family members I am coming, too… you said, “It’s the last train out, Sals, and The Man makes the call”.

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