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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
Roger Parks

Roger Dale Parks

Friday, March 30th, 1951 - Friday, May 29th, 2020
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Roger Dale Parks, 69, of Cleveland, died Friday afternoon, May 29th at his residence.
He was a native of McMinn County and was the son of the late George C.( G.C) and Dorothy Ellis Parks. He was also preceded in death by a son Jonathan Tyler Parks.
He was a member of Eastanallee Baptist Church. Roger was a graduate of McMinn County High School in 1969 and was a graduate of Tennessee Technology University where he received a Degree in Health, PE and Biology, a Master's Degree in Education Administration.

He began his coaching career at Putnam County High School in Cookeville, TN. He than transferred to McMinn County High School coaching under Coach John Mullinax, and taught Biology, Wellness and P.E. He later started Parks Insurance and Investments as a financial Investment advisor, he sold his business and returned to teaching and coaching at Cleveland City Schools until his retirement.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kristie and Pete Buckner of Sevierville; two sons and their girlfriends, Chapman Paul Ellis Parks and Makayla Jordan Cartwright and Coltyn Edwin Dale Parks and Samantha Suzanne Reid all of Meigs County; two grandsons, Lane Wolfenbarger and Tyler Noah Buckner; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorinda and Jim Crisp of Riceville; nephews and their wives, Clint and Sarah Crisp, Travis and Jill Crisp, Nathan and Holly Crisp; and a special caregiver, Kim Lockhart.

A funeral service will be conducted, 2:00 pm, Monday, June 1st in the chapel of Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens with Rev. Garry King and Rev. Robert Green officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:00-1:30 pm at the funeral home prior to the service. Interment will follow in Eastanallee Cemetery. All COVID-19 rules will be followed.
Pallbearers will be Keith Elliott, Brad Benefield, Ted Lockerby, David McMahan, Gene Davis, Clifford King, Tim Gearrin, and Chuck Condo. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Yates and Dean Ratledge.
The family suggests memorials be made to FCA at or c/o Robert Greene, P.O. Box 4381, Cleveland, TN 37320
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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 1st, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Monday, June 1st, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Athens
    1010 S. White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Monday, June 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, June 1st, 2020 2:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    1010 South White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Interment

    Eastanallee Cemetery
    482 CR 725
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    Immediately following the service at the funeral home.


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Dak Keylon

Posted at 09:40pm
So sad to hear of Coach's passing. I am so grateful for the years I had with him and the lesson he taught me. Prayers and love foe the family.

Tommie and Dianne Hope

Posted at 04:53pm
Love and prayers to the family. Roger was a sweet and kind man. ❤️

Lester and Robin Edmonson

Posted at 10:44am
We are so sorry for your loss let us know if you’ll need anything prayers for your comfort

David & Becky Leamon

Posted at 10:39am
With our sincere sympathy.


Connie Anderson

Posted at 08:47am
The Andersons really enjoyed football with Coach Parks. Our hearts are heavy and you are in our prayers today. Robert, Connie, and Robert Jr.

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