---- — Morris Lee Parks, 78, Kokomo, passed away at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Morris was born Aug. 14, 1935, in Kokomo. He was the son of Morris Parks and Thelma Janise Elkins, who preceded him in death. His stepfather, Harold Helton, who raised him, also preceded him in death. His marriage to the former Mary Kathleen “Kay” Brown was on Dec. 6, 1963, and she survives.
Morris worked as an electrician. He was a member of the IBEW Local 873 for 57 years. Morris was an avid fisherman who loved his winters in Florida. He attended First Church of the Nazarene for 65 years and was a member for 52 years. He drove the Sunday school bus for the children, was in the choir, volunteered a lot for the church and did construction during several phases of church growth. He did work on a witness trip to Ecuador. After getting sick, his main goal was to make it to his 50th wedding anniversary, which would have been on Dec. 6 of this year.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Kathleen “Kay” Parks; sons, Richard Dean Parks (Margaret), Dewayne Allen Parks (Rena), and Terry Lee Parks (Vicki); a daughter, Susan Kay Shockey; a brother, Richard Eugene Parks; a sister, Clara Colvin; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold and Mildred Fortune, Tom and Linda Stough, and Mike and Sherry Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather; a daughter, Julie Renae Parks; a son-in-law, Mark Shockey; and a brother, Horace Dean Parks.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington St., with Pastor David Leeder officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery in Kokomo. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., and one hour prior to the funeral service Wednesday at the church.
Memorials in Morris’s name may be made to First Church of the Nazarene or St. Jude’s. Envelopes will be provided at the mortuary. You are invited to read Morris’s obituary online at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book or share a personal message with the family.