Corsicana Daily Sun
Richard “Dick” Douglas Parker Jr. was born Oct. 25, 1927 in Corsicana, the only child of Hazel and Richard Douglas Parker Sr. He passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Dick was baptized into the saving grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ in September 1939. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1944. He attended North Texas Aeronautical College, Navarro Junior College and the University of Texas during the years of 1944 to 1951. Dick’s college education was deffered for a year when he entered the United States Marine Corps in June 1945, and for another year when he was recalled from the Marine Corps Reserves in May 1951.
Nonetheless, Dick was graduated from the University of Texas in January 1952, and immediately joined Standard Vacuum Oil Company by whom he was sent to Madras, India as Retail Development Director. Dick worked in India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines until 1961 when he joined W. B. Robinson & Co. of Corsicana as a stock broker.
In 1962, Dick formed a buy-out company for Screw Products Dallas Corporation and was president of that company until his retirement in 1980. He was also president of Southwest Fastener Association and vice president of National Fastener Association.
In 1964, Dick married Eleanor Bragg Cocke, his wife of more than 49 years, and together they raised four children while living in Dallas. Dick was a deacon in Believer’s Chapel. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and has long been an avid Bible student and shared his faith in Christ.
In 1994, Eleanor and Dick moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where they were active members of a lively bicultural community. Dick was involved in charity work, including driving for “Feed the Hungry,” a non-profit organization committed to feeding 4,000 Mexican school children each school day. The couple also enjoyed an active social life, playing croquet, taking travel trips to other parts of Mexico and forming warm and abiding friendships during the next dozen years before returning to Dallas in 2005.
Dick is survived by his wife Eleanor, and her three children and their spouses: Robert R. (Mary) Cocke IV of Austin, DeMaret “Dee” Cocke Childress of Dallas, and James Truman Chaney of Austin, and five grandchildren: Robinson Cocke V, Kathryn and David Childress and Jarod and Whitney Chaney. He was preceded in death by her son Jackson Chaney of Southlake.
Memorials may be sent to Grace Hospice, 730 Ave. F, Suite 200, Plano Texas 75074.