Ishmael Worth Parks, 88, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at the Regional Medical Center of Northeast Arkansas. He was born in Pleasant Plains and had lived in Jonesboro for over 50 years.
He worked in shipping and receiving for the Cottonbelt Railroad before his retirement. After retiring, he went to work for the Craighead County Road Department, and later in the Maintenance Department at Indian Mall. He attended the Wood Street Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Parks, of the home; a daughter, Judy Atkinson of Jonesboro; a sister, Ruby Ray of Monette, three grandchildren, Kenna (Debbie) Callahan, Darrell Parks, and Lacretia Carmichiel; five great-grandchildren, Becky Sharp, Stephanie Sharp, Jessica Sharp, Darrell Parks, Jr., Elizabeth Carmichiel, and James Carmichiel.
He was preceded in death by a son, James Parks, a daughter, Melba Darie Parks, and by a child who died at birth.
A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Hill Cemetery with Rev. Joel Clark, Rev. Vernie Harris, and Rev. Tommy Stacy officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class of the Wood Street Assembly of God Church.