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Chester West Parker (1901-1998)

Chester Parker

Chester West Parker, 96, son of John and Julia West Parker, was born Nov. 20, 1901, in Kansas City. He died Oct 1, 1998, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield.

He attended elementary and high school in Houston and at age 17 taught in a one-room rural school. At age 18, he was a freshman at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1921, at 19, he was principal of an elementary school in the Picher, Okla., mining district. For two years he was a high school principal at Licking.

After another year of rural teaching, Mr. Parker began his work as superintendent of schools, which he followed for 44 years: two at Conway, 11 at Ozark, 17 at Ava, and 14 in the Waynesville/St. Robert /Fort Leonard Wood area.

He was a member of Southern Baptist churches since the age of 10. He was a member of Lions Clubs for more than 50 years and a long-time member of Toastmasters Clubs and chambers of commerce.

After retirement in 1969, he served as mayor of Waynesville for six years.

Mr. Parker had his mother's gift for writing. They both were published authors with several books written between them. He wrote countless newspaper articles. He always had a great love for fishing on the Ozarks streams.

He married Kathleen Ezzsell in 1927. They were married for more than 60 years before her death in 1987. They had three children while living at Ozark.

Surviving are his children, Lois McClendon of Springfield, Ed "Fast Eddie" Parker of Universal City, Texas, and John Parker of Columbia; one sister, Maurine Grammer of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 5 at the Soldier's Memorial Chapel at Fort Leonard Wood with the Rev. Bill Turner officiating. Burial was in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Houston Herald
Houston, Missouri
8 October, 1998
page 3

Transcribed by Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

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