Eloise Parks

Eloise Parks peacefully departed this life on April 4, 2020. Born to Mary Jane and Samuel L. Banks on November 4, 1940, she was raised on a family farm in Crestwell, Alabama. She was the second oldest of 12 children and as the oldest daughter, took on a motherly role at a very young age. Her siblings included Samuel, Charlie, Shirley Jean, Leon, Truman, Mary, Betty Jean Jerry, Frank, Carolyn and Ruth Ann.

Eloise spent most of her formative years in Alabama and relocated to Buffalo, New York as a teenager. While there, she met and wed Walter Paul Parks and the two lived in France during his military service. She was a dedicated mother to 8 children: Curtis, Cortencie, Lamont, Kyle, Vivian, Melanie, Renee and Paul.

Eloise enjoyed gardening and planting flowers annually. She was an avid scratch-off player, who loved watching game shows and spending time with her loved ones. She was very protective of her family and feared no one but God. As the Matriarch of her family, she was always held in high regard for her loving spirit, humor and tell-it-like-it is personality. Eloise was a vivacious woman who left a permanent impression on everyone she encountered.

Eloise is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Paul Parks; mother, Mary; father, Samuel; brothers, Samuel James and Jerry; sisters, Carolyn and Ruth Ann; and son, Curtis.

Eloise leaves to cherish her memory, siblings, Charles (Wilma) Banks, Shirley (John) Nelms, Truman (Maybelline) Banks, Mary Banks, Leon Banks, and Frank (Janet) Banks. To carry on her legacy, Eloise leaves her devoted children, Cortencie Lavette, Lamont Parks, Kyle “Reese” Parks, Vivian Parks, Melanie Parks, Renee “NeNe” Parks and Paul “Van Del” Parks; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Eloise will be sorely missed, but her family is comforted in knowing she was Christian woman of faith. She has received her crown of glory and is in better place with no more pain and suffering. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of each family member and every person she touched with those sweet deep dimples, loving humor and graceful wisdom. She was a beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend – We will forever cherish her spirit and carry on her relentless example of strength, perseverance and tenacity. She will forever live in the hearts of those she loved.

Visitation 2:00 PM and Funeral Service 3:00 PM Saturday, April 11, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave.

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Condolence Messages

  1. To the Entire Family and friends of one so Loved may the God of heaven wra loving arns around each and everyone during this times and iin the following daysand mend the briken hearted and comfort and give pwace that will surpass all understanding, treasure the memories. Lifting in prayer

  2. Tasha Williamson n Jerry Hairston

    Such a lovely woman. May God hold you all extra close to him. Our Hearts are with you all. Love and Hugs

  3. Karen D. McCreary

    It is with deep sadness that I have heard Mrs. “P” passing away; she has always giving me love, joy and her heart unconditionally. The McCreary family will always love and miss her forever and give their condolences to all her loved ones.

  4. Kurtina V Jennings

    Grandma you will be missed!
    Love Ms. Tina

  5. Shawntell Jordan

    Praying that God with continue to strengthen and comfort the entire family during your time bereavement.

  6. Love you grandma

  7. You are in my thoughts & prayers,
    And have my Deepest Condolences.

  8. Alice And Tony Johnson

    To The Parks Family,
    We are very sorry, to hear about the loss of your mother. Are prayers are with you all, and we wanted you all to know, that we will miss her and we loved her too, God Bless you all. RIP Mrs. Parks.

  9. To The Parks Family We are very sorry to hear about the lost of your mother. We will miss her to and we loved her as well ,God Bless you all and may she rest in peace.

  10. Mrs. Parks may you Rest In Peace. Please
    Say hello to Curtis. I will always cherish you and Curtis in my heart. Love To the family I love you guys and may God Comfort you and give you peace.

  11. Kita Clark-Powell

    Parks family I send condolences and prayers to you all from the Tucker family.

  12. Bishop S.V. & Debra Wood

    On behalf of Bishop & Lady S.V. Wood and the Greater Praise Temple MBC family, we offer to Vivian and Melanie Parks and the entire Parks family, our sincerest condolences in the transition of your mother, grandmother and loved one. May God comfort you through this time and know that earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. We love you and will continue to pray for you all.

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