Bill E. Parkerson

Bill E. Parkerson

Bill E Parkerson, 73, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, March 14, 2021. He was born in Tulsa, October 1, 1947 to Edwin W and Bernice E Parkerson. He married the love of his life, Miriam, on October 27, 2001. They had 19 years of wonderful happiness.

Bill graduated from Ardmore High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from East Central University. Bill joined the United States Army serving in Vietnam. He exited the Army with an honorable discharge and was decorated with two purple hearts, one bronze star with oak leaf clusters. He received three different sharpshooter badges and the prestigious Bronze Order of the de Fleury medal. It is one of the highest awards a member of the US Army Corp of Engineers can receive and is presented to only a few soldiers every year. It is presented to an individual who has rendered significant service to an element of the Engineer Regiment. Bill served 35 years with the civil service in the US Army Corp of Engineers as Lake Manager.

Bill enjoyed a variety of pastimes. Hunting and fishing were two of his greatest joys. Fishing with his mother and brothers was always a special event. Bill always dreamed of bear hunting in Alaska. He loved planning trips, down to the smallest detail, so that everything ran smoothly. Hunting trips with his buddies or cruising with his wife and friends, everything was taken care of. Bill and Miriam loved cruising, planning long cruises and back-to-back cruises several times a year. Bill also enjoyed all armchair sports, especially NASCAR and fishing shows, but never missed football, basketball, baseball, golf and thoroughbred racing. He loved making and hosting rib dinners for his friends. He loved Western and Native American art and bronze sculptures, with numerous trips to Santa Fe for art collecting.

He is a member of Crossings Community Church, men's bible study group, and Sunday school classes.

"I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and the days before that too. I think of you in silence…I often speak your name. All I have are memories, and your pictures in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part. God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart."

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Bernice Parkerson. He is survived by his wife, Miriam of the home. His son Ragan, wife Melisa and granddaughter Averly. Stepsons, Michael Taylor and Derek Taylor, wife Julie and grandchildren Olivia and Ella. His brother Buddy and wife Betty, brother Harley, and sister Pamela Rigney, husband Joe, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Private burial will be at Ft. Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Oklahoma, with a Memorial Service to be planned at a later time at Crossings Community Church. Donations may be made to Special Olympics or the Gary Sinise Foundation honoring our veterans, first responders, defenders and their families in need.

Published on March 21, 2021