Dr. Daniel Webster Parker © Palmer Marler Funeral Home Submitted by: Sherry Springer
Funeral services are Monday, April 18, 2016, for Dr. Daniel Webster Parker of Oilton. He was born to Ben and Georgia (Culpepper) Parker on October 22, 1932 at Vida Way community near Oilton, Oklahoma, and died April 13, 2016 at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 83. He was the youngest of thirteen children.
Services under the direction of Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Oilton will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2016 at First Free Will Baptist Church in Oilton. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Oilton.
Dr. Parker grew up in the Silver City area, and graduated in 1950 from Oilton High School. Following high school, he received an AA degree from OSU. His education was interrupted during the Korean War, where he served in the U.S. Air Force. Following his military service, he received a BS degree from OU and later a BA from Free Will Baptist Bible College, an MA from Northern University, and EdD from the University of Idaho.
Dr. Parker married Juanita Lomenick in 1952. He was ordained as a Free Will Baptist minister in 1959, and pastored churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Idaho and Washington State. In between pastorates, Dr. Parker and his wife, Juanita, taught at Kayenta, Arizona Navajo Reservation for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He also served as Dean of Men for Wisconsin University at River Falls, Wisconsin; and became President of California Free Will Baptist Bible College in Fresno. He later taught briefly at Rogers State College and Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. One of his last teaching ministries was as the Superintendent of Schools in Oilton, Oklahoma where he served for 7 years. During his retirement years, Dr. Parker was involved in the Oilton Free Will Baptist Church in various ministries. He was also an active member of Oilton Senior Citizens and wrote grants for several needed projects. He was recognized as an effective spiritual counselor, and as one who provided wise personal and educational advice in addition to sound spiritual counsel.
Dr. Parker is survived by his wife, Juanita of the home; his daughter, Mary Kirby of Ripley, Tennessee; his sister Rheba Bond of Rockaway Beach, Oregon; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren, several other relatives, and a host of friends and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his other siblings.
Instead of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Oilton Free Will Baptist Church to provide furniture for the foyer of the New Sanctuary.
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