Mr. James Asa Parks, 80 of Galesburg and formerly of Abingdon, passed away at 6:02 a.m. Thursday, November 4, 2021, at his home with his loving wife and daughter at his bedside.
Jim was born October 27, 1941 in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Joe Nolan and Verla Mae (Smith) Parks. He married Shirley F. Whited on December 7, 1962 in Napa, California.
Jim is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Shirley; one daughter, Shawna (Steve) Wainman of Roseville; three grandchildren, Laine Martz, Justin Manser and Curtis (Kylie) Wainman; two great-grandchildren, Caleigh Martz and Carter James Manser; one brother, F. Reece Parks of Hermon; and one sister, Betty Jo Brunner in Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Jaemi Dee Bevins, one great-granddaughter, Lexi Manser, and one brother Howard Parks.
Jim graduated from Abingdon High School in 1959. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1963 and most notably during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He later worked at Admiral/Maytag in Galesburg for 30 years, retiring on May 1, 2000. Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galesburg. His hobbies included genealogy, coin collecting, collecting Abingdon Pottery and he was an avid reader.
Cremation was accorded. Private burial of his cremains was in the Abingdon Cemetery. A time to celebrate his life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday April 30, 2022 at the B & S Properties Community Room, 2063 Christine Drive in Galesburg, located off of Home Boulevard exiting onto Bedi Avenue or Sodhi Avenue. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Abingdon Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Abingdon Historical Society. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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Abingdon Historical Society
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