Parks, Rebekah (Mrs. Ed)


Feb. 12, 1928 - Dec. 14, 2009

Those who were acquainted with Becky know what a happy lady she was. There was always laughter when she was around. She had a sense of leadership about her. In past years, she served as president of the Clergy-Spouse Group of the former Ruston District; president of the Homer Hospital Guild; president of the local United Methodist Women; director of the Claiborne Day Care at the Claiborne UMC, West Monroe, Louisiana, organized and led many, many children's choirs at churches where she and her loving husband, Rev. Ed Parks served.

Becky loved her many friends so dearly, but first place in her heart and life was being a helpmate to her husband. God smiled on this partnership throughout their years in the ministry. Together they gave glory to God by serving in faith in the United Methodist Church .

Becky was born in Dardanelle , Arkansas to Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Phillips; the third of four children. When she was four years old, the family moved to Russellville , Arkansas . She spent her entire school years there, becoming endeared to her many classmates, who remained dear to her heart.

Becky lived each day be example of her love and faith in God. Left to cherish her happy memories are her younger brother, Raymond Phillips and his wife Betty of Angleton, Texas; her two sons, William Edward, Jr. (Billy), his wife, Evelyn (Bootsie), their two sons, David and Jason, of Houston, Texas; and younger son, Joseph Phillip (Phil) Parks, his wife Robyne, daughter, Spencer, and son, Sawyer, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A sweet homecoming in Heaven awaited Becky as she was reunited with the love of her life, Ed, along with her parents, older brother and sister. Surely there were angels all around…..and a choir joining Ed in singing, “How Great Thou Art,” face to face with God.

Everyone will share in the loss of such a free, loving spirit of Becky. We will go on as she did: loving without question, giving without thought, and smiling without tears. “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalms 30:5)

Phil Parks

Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2010

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