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Josie May Parker

September 2, 1898 August 26, 2002
Josie May Parker
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Josie May Wilemon Parker was born September 2, 1898 in Webb, Texas. She died August 26, 2002 in Altus, Oklahoma.

She came to Greer County in a covered wagon in 1901. In 1907 her father, Julius Wilemon ran unsuccessfully for the first Oklahoma State Legislature. Shortly thereafter his wife, Ruth (Reed) Wilemon passed away. Shortly after her death Julius Wilemon sold the farm and moved the family to Carnegie, Oklahoma. After a few years he moved to Rush Springs, Oklahoma and placed Josie in a private boarding school in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Josie left boarding school and moved back to Greer County and worked at the Post Office at Brinkman, Oklahoma. There she met Fred Parker and they were married November 16, 1916. Following their marriage they moved to Arlington, Texas where they lived until the fall of 1919. While in Arlington, Texas, Bernard and Ruth were born. They moved back to Greer County in 1919 settling in the Old Bloomington Community. They resided in that area until 1941 when they bought a farm in Reed, Oklahoma. They sold the farm and moved to Mangum, Oklahoma in 1947. Additional children were born to this union, Bill, Fred Jr., Dewey, Ted, Tex, Jerry and Kenny. Her husband, Fred Parker, died April 5, 1953 on Easter Sunday. Josie then went to work in Mangum at the M. E. Moses Company. She sold the farm and embarked on a new mission in her life, supporting herself and her family.

Josie was named Kiwanis Mother of the Year in Mangum, added to the Alumnae Association in the Reed community, and was inducted into the Old Greer County Pioneers Association and added to the Walk of Fame. Josie sold her home in Mangum in 1992 and moved to Altus to be near her daughter, Ruth Fox.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Bernard Errol, May 5, 1991 and Tex Comer in June 5, 2000.

Survivors include seven children, Ruth Ione Fox of Altus, Billy Jack of Lubbock, TX, Fred Jr., of Alvord, TX, Dewey Lee of Lawton, OK, Ted of Irving, TX, Jerry Glenn of New Deal, TX and Kenny Ray of Dewey, OK; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Services for Josie May Parker are scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lowell-Tims Chapel with Dewey Lee Parker officiating. Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Mangum, Oklahoma under the direction of Lowell Tims Funeral Home.

The family will greet friends at the Lowell Tims Funeral Home, Tuesday, August 27, 2002 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

11:00 AM

Lowell-Tims Chapel


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