Parks obituary

Woodrow Parks

(May 19, 1913 - July 2, 2012)

Mr. Parks is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Garrett Parks; Parents Harvey Frank & Sallie Green Parks; sisters, Mary Lou Chester, Idell Kendall, Bessie Trammell, Bonnie Lou Heap; brothers; I.H. Parks, Robert Lee Parks. He is survived by his sister Verdelle Brackett of Dahlonega and also by several nieces & nephews, cousins, and friends.

Woodrow was born in Lumpkin County and lived most of his life in Dahlonega. He worked in the family's general store, beginning at the age of fourteen delivering groceries. He proudly served in the Army Air Force for more than three years, being honorably discharged in March 1945. He served as a supply Sergeant, 325th Fighter Group "Checkertail Clan", in North Africa, France and Italy and, among his commendations were five Bronze Stars. He returned home in 1945 and joined his father and mother in the family business and opened the Parks Clothing store in late 1945. For a number of years he also owned a clothing store in Ellijay, GA. He continued to own the Dahlonega store and was in the store as often as possible up until a few weeks before his death. He was a natural at sales and visiting with people, whether customers or not, and made friends very easily. He was a life-long Christian and member of the Dahlonega Baptist Church and a believer in, and supporter of, Dahlonega and North Georgia. He loved Christian, gospel and bluegrass music and on most Saturdays you could find him on the Dahlonega square listening to the Appalachian music jam.

The funeral was held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church, July 6th at 2:00 p.m., with visitation on Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm and Thursday from 10:00-8:00pm. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Georgia Pick & Bow P.O. Box 1801 Dahlonega, GA 30533 or the charity of your choice in his name. Condolence may be expressed at

Arrangements by Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533, 706-864-DOVE(3683)

Obit from the Dahlonega Funeral Home posted by Manny Carvalho 11 Jul 2012