Carrol Dolan Parker finished his life, following a lengthy illness, at a robust 86 years of age on Friday, October 24, 2008, in Abilene, Texas, at Abilene Regional Medical Center. His dear wife, Ruby Lee, also 86, was there to see him off. Dolan and Ruby Lee were members of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, and were active in church life as long as their health permitted. He was Dolan to those who knew him well, husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend to those of us who will remember him.
Dolan was born August 3, 1922, to Hugh and Pearl Parker in Hollis, Oklahoma. Dolan and his brother and two sisters, Norris, Maudean and Edith, spent their early years working on the family farm. Later, when they opened Parker Furniture in Hollis, Oklahoma, Dolan worked there until joining the Army Air Corps to serve in World War II.
Dolans life would never be the same again after 1943, when the stunning 20 year old Ruby Lee Price walked through the front door of Parker Furniture. Dolan looked up from the register and his heart knew love. After a whirlwind romance, Dolan and Ruby Lee married in 1944. The following two summers their daughters, Charlsa and Sue, were born.
Dolan and Ruby Lee spent a fulfilled and peaceful life in Hollis, Oklahoma, where they ran Parker Furniture and were members of First Baptist Church of Hollis; in Eastland, Texas, where they retired by the lake and were active members of Lake Leon Baptist Church; and finally in Abilene, Texas, where they spent time with family.
Dolan and Ruby Lee spent their lives in the service of God and raised two wonderful Christian daughters. Dolan loved to spend time with his grandchildren and thrilled them by singing maritime songs. He grew verdant gardens until the very end, filling the lives of those around him with the perfume of flowers, and filling the plates and bowls of those around him with the fruits of the earth.
Dolan is survived by his wife, Ruby Lee; his brother, Norris Parker; his daughters, Charlsa Haynes and husband Perry, and Sue Strickland ; his grandchildren, Melissa Hamilton, Carly Andrews and husband Chris, Michele Haynes and husband Cody Garrison, Matthew Haynes and wife Ashley; and by his great grandchildren, Abigail and Isabella Hamilton, Kassidy Haynes, and Charis and Price Andrews.
His funeral service with Dr. Jeff Reid officiating will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 27, 2008 at the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277 South in Abilene. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Ruby Lee, Charlsa and Sue, My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Dolan. He was truly an amazing person. Heaven will never be the same again now that Dolan has arrived nor will we ever be the same because of the amazing influence he had on all our lives.
Mary Ann EdwardsLubbock, TX
The family is in our prayers, and our hearts go out to them.
Pete Janet Benson
friends of Melissa
Peter Janet BensonKansas City, MO
Sorry to hear about your Dad. I know he is in a much nicer place now and feeling alot better. You will miss him but may your sadness turn to joy when you think of him and how he lead his life. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I will try and call when things are more settled for you.
wayne and Claudette Spencer and BoysRiver Falls, WI
We are so sorry for your loss, have been thinking about you, and praying for you the last few days. We love you,
Robert Doris YoungPampa, TX
Dear Family, on hearing of Dolans death, I was reminded of the old hymn Safe in the Arms of Jesus and that truly is where he is. Our prayers and love will be with you in the days ahead.May you feel Gods peace as you rely on Him.. Prayers and Hugs Dolph Melba
Dolph Melba WatsonAmarillo, TX
You are in out thoughts and prayers We will see you Monday.may our Lord give the strength to get through these difficult times.. Jerry
Wilbur Jerry LovingHollis, OK
You are in our prayers we will see you momday love Jerry
Wilbur Jerry LovingHollis, OK
I have wonderful childhood memories of the Parkers and spending time at the lake house in Eastland. Dolan was an outstanding person and I will miss him. Prayers of peace to all family and friends. Love, Kendra
Kendra Russell McDanielFort Worth, TX
Love you Grandad
Carly AndrewsBedford, TX