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Gordon LaRue Parker

Gordon LaRue Parker, 64, of Greers Ferry, Arkansas, passed away on March 26, 2022, at his home. 


Gordon was born in Heber Springs, Arkansas on January 10th, 1958, and graduated from Searcy High School.  He continued his education to earn a degree in accounting from Arkansas State University, where he met his wife, Patricia Parker.  

He flew airplanes with initial ambitions to be an air force pilot.  Afterward, he began his career at an investment firm in Little Rock, Arkansas as a highly-skilled accountant.  After the birth of his first son, he moved to Greers Ferry, Arkansas where he opened a convenience store, “Parker’s Bend”, with his wife.  Soon after, they opened a grocery store, “Parker’s Big Star”, and moved to live on and operate a cattle ranch.

Gordon was an extremely hard worker and dedicated father who always found himself the happiest when he was surrounded by family and friends.  He will be deeply missed by all his friends and family.



Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Zelma Parker (Searcy, AR), his three children William Ryan Parker (Austin, TX), Patrick Gordon Parker (Greers Ferry, AR), and Clare Michelle Parker (Conway, AR), and two grandsons, Avery Parker, and Emery Parker.  Gordon also leaves his three siblings and their spouses of Searcy AR: Amanda (Ed) McZegle, Sheila (Jimmy) Covey, and Tony (Shawna) Parker.  Additionally, are his nieces, Rhonda Covington-Webb (Searcy, AR), Tiffany Shae Douglas (Tulsa, OK), Heather Cantrell (Searcy, AR), and his nephews Garry Lynn Baker (Searcy, AR) and Joshua Covey (Searcy, AR).  He also leaves many great-nieces and nephews: Cory Covington, Zach Huddleston, Chase Huddleston, Baunan Douglas, Aidian Douglas, Ethan Cantrell, Christain Cantrell, Lily Cantrell, Will Cantrell, Mia Parker, Oz Baker, and AJ Baker.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Parker, and his beloved wife, Patricia Parker.


The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00-10:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 10:00 am at Searcy McEuen Funeral Home, 2616 S Main St in Searcy, Arkansas.


All Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Searcy McEuen Funeral Home.

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A candle was lit in memory of Gordon Parker

Donna Hogan Apr 18 2022 9:03 PM

I worked at Big Star for 5 years during that time Gordon. And Patti became my dear friends and like family. I used to get Gordon every April Fools Day i just thought of pranks i played on him this past April 1 and he wasnt with us anymore but i sure have lots of memories. And he loved Tom Petty also the song by Sting Roxanne i hated that song and he would turn up the radio sometime when it was on at work just to irratate me. Lol rest in peace and keep Patti in line up there!!!

Donna Hogan Apr 18 2022 9:02 PM

Larue was first chair trumpet in high school. Recall him playing at football games and concerts. Pretty clean cut compared to the rest of the shaggy haired Class of '76! Nice guy. Fly high, Larue!

Beth Patterson Pemberton Apr 15 2022 7:23 PM

Larue was a truly good friend in high school and as Ron said a fabulous trumpet player. We spent many hours together, lots of laughs and good times, and even went to Datona Beach together on spring break in college. We knew him as Larue in high school, but the rest of the world knew him as Gordon. Prayer go out for
the family

Larry Busick Mar 30 2022 8:18 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gordon Parker

Rick Powell Mar 29 2022 1:50 PM

I remember LaRue as a fabulous trumpet player, and he had a great laugh. Many a mile spent in his Toyota (Corona?) and listening to the Eagles Take it to the Limit with him singing along hitting the high notes. Who else would take off to Embry Riddel Aeronautical having never been on a plane before? Great guy and good friend in high school. Prayers for his family I know they will miss him.

Ron Cantrell Mar 29 2022 7:17 AM

I knew LaRue from high school. He was always kind and nice to everyone. I know he will be missed. My heart goes out to his family.

Lesa Taylor McFadden Mar 29 2022 4:58 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gordon Parker

Lesa McFadden Mar 29 2022 4:55 AM