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Obituaries

Obituaries

Napoleon 'Charles' Parks 1941 - 2011 Lawrence

Funeral services for Napoleon “Charles” Parks, 69, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence with Pastor Leo Barbee Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.
He died Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at his home in Lawrence.
He was born Nov. 9, 1941, in Lawton, Okla., the son of Clemmie Charles and Ruby Wilson Parks.
Mr. Parks graduated from Lawton High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s in administration from Wichita State University. He taught four years in Wichita before moving to Lawrence, where he worked as an assistant principal at Lawrence High School from 1971 to 1998 and at Free State High School from 1998 until his retirement in 2004.
Mr. Parks was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha social fraternity. He served as a board member for Lawrence Parks and Recreation and the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association.
He was an avid golfer and gardener. He loved cooking, playing poker, and entertaining family and friends.
He married Ella M. Myers on Aug. 8, 1970, in Wichita. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Gale Marie Turner and husband Michael, Lawton, Okla.; two sons, Charles Clifton, Omaha, Neb., and Terrance Victor, Overland Park; a sister, Linda Piper and husband Gordon, St. Louis; a granddaughter, Brittini Turner, Lawton, Okla.; a grandson, Tyson Miles Baldwin-Parks, Overland Park; and various relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials be sent to Grace Hospice, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.