Name: Thelma Reece Parks

Date: April 4, 1923 - September 11, 2019


City of birth: Muskogee, OK

Mother: Estella Smith Reece

Father: Thomas Reece Sr.

Daughters: Dia D. Green (James)

Brothers: All Deceased

Education: Langston University

Occupation: Educator

Special notations: In Lieu of flowers, donations in the Memory of Thelma Reece Parks can be made to Thelma Reece Parks Elementary School. If it is a monetary donation please write the check or money order to Thelma Reece Parks Elementary and on the memo line put in memory of Thelma Reece Parks, If you, would like to make a donation of Physical goods, please contact Principal Michelle Lewis. Thelma Reece Parks Elementary School 1501 N. 30th Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111 405-587-4400

Visitations: 1pm -6pm Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cemetery: Memorial Park Cemetery, 7600 Old Taft Rd. Muskogee, Oklahoma 74401

Services: Fairview Baptist Church, 1700 N. E. 7th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Services date and time: 11am Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Affiliate Services: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc "Ivy Beyond the Wall" **** Top Ladies 6:30 p.m

Affiliate Services date and time: 6pm Tuesday, Sept 17th, 2019


(2019-09-11 11:26am) Crysetta Mayfield-Harris wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2019-09-11 11:27am) Donetta Starks wrote:
To the family of Ms. Thelma Parks; I offer my sincere prayers and condolences! I am thankful for the opportunity to serve under Ms. Parks as a member of Top Ladies of Distinction. She was a great role model. RIH!

(2019-09-11 2:24pm) Gwendolyn R Peoples wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-11 3:52pm) Mark S. Beck wrote:
What an amazing person and what a remarkable life and career. I am very grateful to have known her. Praying that Mrs. Parks' family and friends will find comfort in their memories of her and in the knowledge that the community will be missing her, too.

(2019-09-11 7:24pm) Elder C.D. Knowles,Jr. wrote:
Well, It was just a few months ago that I spoke with this "Remarkable" Woman. I had purpose to have called Her last week, but did not, and today I find that She has made Her Departure. As my Teacher in the Class of "65," She made a Profound Impact on my life because of the Professional Skills that She manifested in Her Classroom, and with Her students. Because of Mrs. Parks, I believe that I am able to say, "that many of us former students have the "skills" of Communication." The Last time that I spoke with Her, I told Her so, Because of who She was, I could say so much more, but it would not be practical to do so. The Reece Family were a Unique Family of Educators. She had a remarkable Sister of stature here in Southern California. I "must" bring my expressions to a close. GOD Bless Her daughter. Your Mother told me a few months ago that She spent sometime with You in an out of State visit. To other Family members, this Chapter now closes, but wonderful Memories remain. Elder C.D. Knowles, Jr Los Angeles, California

(2019-09-11 8:11pm) Ann Marie Hilton wrote:
God Bless You for all you have done in the Civil Right Moment and Education. Rest in Peace you have earned your wings!

(2019-09-11 9:15pm) Linda Taylor Barnett wrote:
"Love and Prayers"

(2019-09-12 3:17am) Deborah Roberson wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-12 6:05am) Gwen Irons McNeely wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-12 8:38am) Diana L Bell wrote:
My prayers and condolences go out the family of Mrs. Parks. She was one of my elementary and high school teachers. She was one of the best teachers I had in school and just a special person. I remember how excited she was when she had her daughter. She was an example of what an educator and person should be. May God continue to be with you in your time of bereavement. She truly will be missed not only by her students but the community. True class.

(2019-09-12 10:23am) Janie Gant wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief. I have known Miss parts for a few years now and I really enjoyed her company when we talked about the Bible on a regular basis. I will truly miss her. She would always refer to my daughter (Toni Caesar) as "My little sister" she loved hearing her say this when we would visit. Your mom will always be remembered. We truly loved her.

(2019-09-12 10:42am) Darlene Bowens wrote:
Sorry for your loss. Mrs Parks was my high school teacher and my reason to pledge Alpha Kappa Alpha. God bless you!

(2019-09-12 11:09am) Jaime Williams wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-12 11:09am) Jaime Williams wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-12 2:03pm) Bernita Drake wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-12 3:43pm) Zella Sturgeon wrote:
You are in my prayers.

(2019-09-12 5:11pm) Jana Lewis Harkins wrote:
Our deepest sympathies. Ms. Parks' integrity, her scholarship, and her ability to inspire as a teacher, as a counselor, mentor and friend will be sorely missed. She was the most fervent voice in our city and state advocating for decision makers and stakeholders to “invest in children first!” Truly One of the Greatest of All Time!

(2019-09-12 7:10pm) Gwendolyn L Wallace wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-12 7:12pm) Shanetra Normand Williams wrote:
May you feel his loving presence.

(2019-09-12 9:07pm) Bro Don Smith & Family wrote:
God bless you and your family richly. Sister Parks, will always be one of a kind And equally be missed greatly.

(2019-09-12 11:27pm) Winnie M Wallace wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-13 4:21am) Karen McCarroll-Vick wrote:
I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Mrs. Parks at the Petite Salon beauty shop a few months ago. It was a pleasure. She said she enjoyed our conversation and hoped she could come back and visit with me and others in the shop again. Thank God for that brief encounter with her. She was so sweet and caring. May God comfort and bless and keep her entire family during this time. Heaven has gained another Angel. Be Encouraged. My prayers are with you all.

(2019-09-13 6:28am) EDWARD L KINCHION wrote:
God bless you and your family richly.

(2019-09-13 7:54am) Rosietta S Moor Murray/ Family wrote:
To The Family Of Our Beloved Mrs Thelma Reece Parks, Please Know that your grief is being shared by many who loved her. She was a loving person who once you meet you were one of her children for life. I met her at Truman Elementary School and Her Grace Elegance and Style was what I wanted to imitate and has served as my guidance for my growth and development into Womanhood. The family is being lifted up for strength comfort and peace during this most difficult time and the transitioning days to come. Thank You for sharing her with all of us. I loved her therefore I love You Too. God Bless.

(2019-09-13 9:48am) VERAN C AND ANITA L RANDLE wrote:

(2019-09-13 10:09am) Fry, Nash Jr., Henry, Larry & Glen wrote:
Our teacher who taught our whole family at Douglass High School, we will remember you forever. Always in our hearts & souls.

(2019-09-13 12:13pm) Joyce And Gerald Henderson wrote:
Ms Parks was my Miss Universe and I was her Miss America. My husband was her Tax man. She was very special to us and we will miss her. You can now rest and build heavenly schools.

(2019-09-13 2:08pm) Rhonda Marshall wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2019-09-13 5:28pm) Jerome Albritton wrote:
Mrs. Parks was a good friend and neighbor to the Albritton family. Edwards Addition will never be the same. Rest in peace, job well done!

(2019-09-13 6:13pm) Annette Williams wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-13 7:34pm) Vivian Miller -" Past P T A President For Rogers & Green Pastures Elementary wrote:
Thank you Mrs Parks for your years of Service to the okcps in District 5.You was Loved and respected.And I consider you a Very Good Friend.You are Missed at the Board.Thank you for fighting for our kids until the end.I enjoyed sitting with you this past Star Spencer School.For the Pathway to Greatness Community Meeting. Rest on My Friend!8

(2019-09-13 7:41pm) Gloria Jackson wrote:
To the Parks family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mrs. Parks was a wonderful lady. I spent many days playing at her house with Dee Dee, she was one of the moms on 18th Street. I will truly miss seeing her sitting on the porch waving at me, with those long two pretty braids. May God bless you all.

(2019-09-13 11:19pm) Teresa Jones Irvin wrote:
God knows your heartache and shares your grief.

(2019-09-14 7:28am) Kevin wrote:
My Deepest Sympathy and Condolences..goes out to the Family, Ms. Parks, always welcome me with opened arms.. Kevin A.

(2019-09-14 12:07pm) Will Myers wrote:
One of my favorite teachers. She was strong but understandable. I loved her.

(2019-09-14 12:39pm) Sharon Frazier wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2019-09-14 2:47pm) Lillie Buckner wrote:
My deepest sympathy for a real Top Lady.

(2019-09-14 5:15pm) Angie Alexander. Gipson wrote:
Will miss Mrs. Parks. She was not only an Edwards Addition neighbor, but she liked my sweet potato and egg custard pies. She was a mentor to me and the Diuglass High School Class of 1961. Our deepest sympathy to D D and the rest of the family.

(2019-09-15 12:33am) FANNIE BROWN wrote:
To the family of Thelma Parks my sincere condolences she was one of a kind loved and appreciated by a great number of people. You are in my prayers. Be Blessed "Class of 1965"

(2019-09-15 7:22am) Allie Carter wrote:
My deepest condolences to the family of Mrs Thelma R Parks. She was a wonderful lady. I had the pleasure of knowing Mrs Parks when working for Okcps for 17 yrs. She was well known and she will be missed.

(2019-09-15 11:09am) Josh And Opal Roberson wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-16 10:35am) Carrie M. Jones wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-16 10:37am) Birdine A.M.E. Zion Church wrote:
You are in my prayers.

(2019-09-16 3:04pm) Rev. Alexion & William Chaney wrote:
You are in our Prayers, We Love You

(2019-09-16 5:01pm) Luvenia Williams wrote:

(2019-09-16 6:31pm) Katherine Bradshaw wrote:
Ms Parks was my 11th grade English teacher, you will be mss, God bless your family,

(2019-09-17 4:30am) Marcelia (Wilson) McGee wrote:
This is the time God has picked you up and carry you. You are in my prayers. God bless you and your family.

(2019-09-17 7:28am) Kenny D Freeman wrote:
A true community giant. As great as she was graceful. The lives of a multitude are marked with the blessing that simply reflected says; THELMA WAS HERE

(2019-09-17 11:57am) Carolyn Gay Harris wrote:
God Bless Your Family during this difficult time.

(2019-09-17 1:44pm) Nedella Henson Foster wrote:
Dear Dia, NU VISTA CLUB members will always remember Thelma and Her passion for making the Ball one of a kind in OKLAHOMA CITY. MAY GOD COMFORT YOU TODAY.

(2019-09-17 2:31pm) Thomas R. DuBose wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-17 4:27pm) John And Jasia Dowd wrote:
My life has been blessed to have known this amazing person, down to earth and so friendly, and to have accomplished so much for others. Condolences to her family.

(2019-09-17 4:53pm) Larry Smallwood wrote:
God bless you and your family richly.

(2019-09-17 4:53pm) Larry Smallwood wrote:
God bless you and your family richly.

(2019-09-17 5:22pm) Billie, Ruby, And Adin McKinney wrote:
To the Entire family of Ms.Parks, Know that you ALL indeed have our sincere condolences sympathy and prayers. Know in the days ahead we will continue to lift you all up. Heaven has made a gain and I know she is home rejoicing with our sweet Lord. Continue to look to the hills where ALL your help comes from. Blessings

(2019-09-17 5:39pm) Katherine Bradshaw wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-17 6:18pm) Faye Nelson Douglas wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-17 7:24pm) Anita Yeager wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-17 7:38pm) Mary Ann Moore wrote:
God bless you and All who loved Ms.Parks, she will be greatly missed,

(2019-09-17 8:07pm) Myrtle L Richmond wrote:
May God comfort you today.

(2019-09-17 8:20pm) Jack & Anita Reynolds wrote:
Our sincere condolences

(2019-09-17 10:12pm) Rae Sheryll Birts wrote:
Sending prayers to Family. Ms Parks was a special lady that was my guidance counselor at US Grant HS. I’m so thankful that I got the opportunity to sit and talk with her on her porch a couple of months ago. She kept me cracking up laughing. She’ll be missed!

(2019-09-18 5:31am) William Price Curtis wrote:
Rest in peace Mrs. Parks. You did a lot of good and helped a lot of kids.

(2019-09-18 9:17am) Debra And Willie Thomas wrote:
My deepest sympathy.

(2019-09-18 9:17am) Sherry Houston & Jaden Davis wrote:
My deepest sympathy and you are in my prayer. I have had a lot of talks with this beautiful person and I will miss her so much

(2019-09-20 8:44am) Patt Brown McLeod wrote:
Rise in Paradise Ms Parks John 5;28,29 and Rev 21 So greatly appreciated your love for our Community and a Special role model to have as our blueprint to follow. I am a cousin of your late husband Leroy Parks RIP

(2019-09-21 12:18am) Linda Johnson Huggins wrote:
To the Family, Although she was not my teacher, I am glad to have known Mrs Parks as a club advisor while I was in high school. Then I really got to know her when we worked as Board members of the Langston Univ Alumni Association. As time passed, I subsequently became her soror in AKA and her sister in Top Ladies of Distinction. In all of these capacities, she stood out and represented one of the best and most committed. I am thankful and feel very blessed! To God be the glory!!????????

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