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John Wesley Parks

July 31, 1953 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

John Parks Obituary

John Parks, age 70, of Knoxville, TN, passed away peacefully the morning of

Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

John joined the United States Navy in 1973 and served honorably as a Data Processing

Technician 3rd class in the Philippines until 1976. Afterwards, he received his Bachelor of

Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and was a

member of the fraternity Sigma Nu. John went on to work in computer programming

and dad processing at ORNL, Nova Technologies, and retired as an IT Analyst II at the

University of Tennessee in December of 2023.

John loved golfing, taking part time classes at the University, and frequented the Chick

Fil A on Northshore Drive enough to be lovingly known as Mr. John by the staff and

owner there. John lovingly remembered coaching his youngest daughter’s basketball

team, taking his eldest daughter to horseback riding tournaments, and frequenting UT

Volunteer football and Lady Vols basketball games with his wife and daughters.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Catherine Parks; his father, William L.

Parks; stepmother, Mary Lou Parks; and mother, Jane C. Parks.

John is survived by his daughters, Jan Parks and Amy Stuvland; brothers, Larry C. Parks

and Michael Parks; sister, Carol A. Byrd; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to John’s close friends at the University of

Tennessee and the entire staff there, especially Todd, Nathan, Audrey, and Harlan for

enjoying the golf course with him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the UT

Foundation of Sigma Nu Enrichment, UT Foundation Sigma Nu Endowment, or the UT

Athletics Department of which he donated regularly.

The family will receive friends on Saturday February 3, 2024, from 10am – 12pm at

Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel (5301 Fountain Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918). A graveside

service will follow on February 3, 2024, at 1pm at Greenwood Cemetery (3500 Tazewell

Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918) where he will be interred beside his late wife.

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February 3, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory
5301 Fountain Road
Knoxville, TN 37918

Graveside Service
February 3, 2024

1:00 PM
Greenwood Cemetery, Knoxville
3500 Tazewell Pike
Knoxville, TN 37918


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