OBITUARY: James Parker, 77, loved God, Baylor University

James Milton Parker, 77, died unexpectedly at his home on Lake LBJ on Feb. 23, 2013. He was born July 20, 1935, in Midland, Texas, to Ray Lindley and Imogene Cox Parker and attended Odessa public schools, graduating from Odessa High School in 1953 and Baylor University in 1957.

Jamie returned to Odessa and worked with his father in the road construction business until 1964, when he moved his family to Sonora, Texas. He ranched in Sutton and Andrews counties until his retirement to Lake LBJ in 2000.  Jamie served as a founding director of Sutton County National Bank, now The Bank and Trust, established in 1983 and continued to serve on its board of directors as well as that of West Texas BanCorp until his death.

Jamie was a Christian gentleman who loved God, his church, his family and friends, Paisano and Baylor University. He served all of these with his whole heart. His word was his bond in all things and his loyalty to his beliefs unquestionable.

Mr. Parker was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 49 years, Carol Ann Bright Parker of Marble Falls; brother, Philip Parker Sr. and wife Susan of Odessa; sons, Mark Parker and wife Helene, Craig Parker and Gregg Parker and wife Debbie; daughter, Kathryn Parker Howie and husband Ed; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two nieces; and one nephew.

The family requests memorials be made to the Baylor University President’s Scholarship Imitative Fund, Paisano Baptist Encampment or the Church at Horseshoe Bay.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Putnam Funeral Home, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008. A funeral service is 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Church at Horseshoe Bay.  A graveside service is 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Whitehall Cemetery in Waco.

An online guest register may be signed at www.putnamcares.com.