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Harvey Leon Parks

Harvey Leon Parks was born on July 13, 1940, in Griffin, Georgia, to George M. Parks and Clendy Mae (Walker) Parks. Harvey was the second of six children who then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, ultimately settling in Columbus, Ohio were all six children were raised. Harvey graduated from Central High School where he was a star Scholar-athlete, playing semi-pro football, collecting numerous awards including two 300 rings in bowling, and rising to become a champion golfer.

Harvey accepted Christ at an early age and was an active member of World Harvest Church prior to moving to Fort Worth Texas last year. Known for being a man of very few words, Harvey let his actions speak for who he was both in his professional and personal life. At the age of 18, Harvey began working as a Lazarus truck driver, where he became known for his incredible work ethic, and retired after working as a warehouse supervisor for the State of Ohio. His dedication and commitment to providing for his family earned him the respect of his co-workers and the admiration of his loved ones. Harvey was affectionately known as “Mr. Fix It” by his grandchildren. His nickname came from his amazing gift to fix any–and seemingly every–thing that broke. Harvey’s natural talents for piecing these types of puzzles back together amazed his grandchildren and family.

Harvey met his beloved wife Marie Annette (Grant) Parks at Love Zion Baptist Church and together they fostered an inspirational marriage of 62 years, building a beautiful family together of daughter Marie Antionette (Glenn) Forbes and son Duane M. Parks.

Blessed to have been able to retire at the age of 60, Harvey and Marie spent their “golden years” traveling, supporting their children, and spoiling their grandchildren. They took numerous trips around the world with friends and family. If ever wondering where Harvey had disappeared on one such trip, a good bet was that he had found a golf course somewhere and was showing his impressive golfing skills.

Diagnosed with Dementia-Alzheimer’s in 2015, Harvey stayed true to character and out-performed all doctors’ expectations, fighting to stay with his wife and family. As the disease progressed, Harvey found comfort in music, singing, and dancing, a fact that brought a smile to everyone around him. He particularly enjoyed the O’Jays, James Brown, or anything with a good beat. His loving wife Marie faithfully took care of him and stood by his side every step of the way, even holding him in her arms as he was called home to glory.

Harvey was a cherished brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, having imparted his wisdom and symbolizing strength and what it means to be the head of a family to all he encountered. He is survived by his siblings, older brother George (Bonnie) Parks, and younger siblings Eddie (Debby) Parks, Annette Mizelle, Wyley “Skip” Parks, and Gerri Gary, sister and brother-in-law Curtis (Julia) Towns, and leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews. Harvey also has an army of grandchildren to carry his legacy, including Andre Lamont Southern, Marie Angelique Southern, Marcus (Danyelle) Forbes, Glenn Forbes II, Kantrelle Forbes, Mason Forbes, and great-grandson Myles Forbes. 

Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE East, 5456 East Livingston Ave. Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.

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