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Gleason Parker was born on April 27, 1949 to Gleason E. Parker Sr. and Maurgrette Parker (nee Sanders) in Palestine, Texas. After graduating from Palestine High School, he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, from which he graduated ... Read More
Gleason Parker was born on April 27, 1949 to Gleason E. Parker Sr. and Maurgrette Parker (nee Sanders) in Palestine, Texas. After graduating from Palestine High School, he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, from which he graduated with a BBA (Hons) in 1971. Although he thought he had succeeded in leaving home in 1967, over the course of the next few years the entire Parker clan followed Gleason to Austin.
A lifelong state employee, Gleason served in management auditor roles in various state departments. He spent much of his career auditing the state's use of federal job training funds.
Gleason retired early in 2001, but his retirement years were sadly overshadowed by chronic, unrelenting and increasing pain due to severe spinal stenosis, exacerbated by spondylosis and scoliosis. His long-drawn-out struggle ended with his sudden death on June 20, 2022.
The funeral arrangements include a visitation on Thursday, July 14 (6pm-8pm), a funeral service on Friday, July 15 (11am), both at Harrell Funeral Home on Frontier Trail in South Austin, and the interment at the lovely countryside Live Oak Cemetery in Manchaca, burial place of the Parker family, following the service.
Gleason's primary passion in life was for Bible reading and study. As a UT student he joined the Worldwide Church of God, but was later baptized as a Christadelphian on December 19, 1987. He was a member of Christadelphian meetings in South Austin and then Leander. He now sleeps in faith awaiting the resurrection of the dead at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God on earth and rule over a transformed world. Gleason looked forward with all his heart to the fulfillment of the well-known words of the Lord's Prayer, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
Gleason's other interests included a youthful passion for drums (his drum set will be played at the graveside by his nephew Dan who has inherited it - after only very occasionally being allowed anywhere near it as a child), drinking English tea (to which he was introduced by his English wife), and a deep passion for Winnie-the-Pooh, who he regarded as his alter ego.
As Gleason was virtually housebound for a number of years, the wonders of technology during the pandemic opened up a whole exciting new world for him. He attended Bible schools and studies in England and elsewhere by Zoom (even from a hospital bed) and, although shy and initially quite nervous, particularly enjoyed getting to know people in the chat rooms after the sessions. He especially enjoyed taking part in a regular Sunday Night Group for Bible reading, discussion and chit-chat.
The last member of his generation of the Parker family, Gleason was preceded in death by his parents, his half-sister Bobbie Parker Gilley, his younger brother David, nieces Linda Socia and Brittany Parker, great-niece Christina Benavides and great-great-nephew Jaime Martinez Jr. He is survived by his wife, Christine Parker, sister-in-law Bev Parker, nephew Dan Socia and wife Connie, nieces Susanne Gilley, Debra Solimine and April Trower and husband David; great-nephews Brandon Gilley and wife Kristina, Justin Socia and wife Sara, Dan Socia, Joshua Gurganus and wife Vanessa, Mason Solimine, and great-nieces Rebekah Falcon and husband Eric, Brandice Gurganus and husband Xavier, Amber Socia and husband Nick, Courtney Solimine, Felicia Berardis and husband Alex, Annie Berardis and Jennifer Swope and husband Jaime Martinez Sr and 24 great-great nephews and nieces.
The family would like to express their gratitude to David Witty of Austin Geriatric Specialists, who coordinated Gleason's care in the last year of his life, and whose generosity of spirit, sensitivity, knowledge and experience were greatly valued by Gleason and his family. Gleason was supported by an amazing array of home health specialists - nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, counsellors - whose inspiring and dedicated support enriched Gleason's last days and were greatly appreciated. The pharmacy team at the local CVS had provided sterling service to Gleason for many years. He also benefitted hugely from the generous commitment of the staff and volunteers of Meals on Wheels & More, to which donations can be made in Gleason's memory (3227 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78702)
Goodbye Gleason - our beloved husband, brother in Christ, friend, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and great-great-uncle - until the trumpet sounds, the dead are raised to judgement, and the time comes at last when "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21.4). Until then, "He giveth to His beloved sleep" (Psalm 127:2).
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