Alvin Preston Parks, Jr.

Alvin Parks entered the gates of Heaven on February 18, 2018 at his home in Salisbury MD with his family surrounding him. Alvin was born in Monie MD on December 19, 1926 to Alvin Preston and Ruth Noble Parks Sr…

Alvin graduated from Washington High School in 1945. He married Elsie Elisabeth Willing of Chance MD on January 23, 1948.  While attending High School he worked at the A&P Grocery Store on Main Street Princess Anne. He was a WWII veteran serving in the U. S. Army in Germany. At the end of WWII he left the US Army as a Staff Sargent. After the war he helped his father start a home building business. Alvin went on work on the water dredging for oysters with his father in law, as a building Contractor and a Maryland State Roads Inspector.  He ended his professional career as a Maryland State Building Inspector.

Alvin was a Peninsula Regional Medical Center volunteer for many years.  For many years he drove children from this area to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia PA. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Princess Anne. He was also a member of the Ambassadors of Boumi and The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He is a member of Rock Creek Methodist Church in Chance MD. He helped his wife, Elsie, with the many church youth, young adult and adult activities.  He worked as a cook for the homeless with the Salisbury Urban Ministry and is a member of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Alvin had gifted hands. He was a Master Craftsman building beautiful cabinets and furniture, carving and building model schooners and skipjacks, duck and goose pendants. He cross stitched many beautiful wall hangings, including the Thomas Point Lighthouse. After retirement he and his wife Elsie loved to travel and shop. He became a gourmet chef to the delight of all his neighbors he shared his dishes with. He was an avid gardener. He loved visiting and collecting the lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coast. He loved gospel music and loved listening to his Gaither Homecoming cd’s and videos up to his departure to Heaven.

Alvin is survived by his son Burt Preston Parks.   Three grandchildren – Angela Parks Rathkamp (Jim), Nicole Parks Seeley (Bill) and Sam Parks (Amanda). Nine great grandchildren – Allison Rathkamp King (Michael), Emily and Sarah Rathkamp, Braden, Rachel and Ruby Seeley, Preston, Everett and Asher Parks. One sister Addie Lou Parks Benson and her husband Robert Benson and many nephews and nieces whom he dearly loved and his cousin and best friend Leroy Hall.

Alvin was greeted in Heaven by his wife Elsie of sixty nine years, his parents, Alvin Preston and Ruth Noble Parks Sr., a son – Samuel Alvin Parks.

A visitation time with the Parks Family will be at Rock Creek Methodist Church in Chance MD at 1:00 pm, Saturday February 24th.  A Memorial service will begin at 2:00 following the visitation time. A grave side service with military honors will follow at the Rock Creek Cemetery.  Pastor David Webster will officiate the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to be given in Alvin and Elsie’ honor and memory to the Rock Creek Methodist Church and or Rock Creek Youth Ministry. Donations can be sent to Linda Horseman, Treasure, @ 10674 Toddville Road, Chance MD 21821 or Shriners Hospitals for Children of Philadelphia just call 215-430-4000 to donate.

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