Funeral services for Kozell “Shorty” Parker were held on April 17, 2019, with Michael Mc-Cracken, his son-in-law, and Rodney Sumner, his great-nephew, officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton, with internment in Haven of Memories Cemetery.
Mr. Parker was born June 8, 1926 in Wills Point to the late Howell James Parker and Lamora Maybelle Nicholson Parker.
He drew his last breath on Earth and his first breath in Heaven on April 9, 2019, in Georgia.
He was a very devoted Christian man attending Fruit-vale First Baptist Church for the better part of his life.
After moving to Georgia to be near his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, he attended Castleberry Road Baptist Church with his family.
He is survived by his daughters, Jan Parker Eldredge; and Kim Parker McCracken and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Micheal Eldredge, Crystal McCracken Thornton and husband, Ben, and Clint McCracken and wife, Brooke; six great-grandchildren, Parker Elizabeth Eldredge, Landon Micheal Eldredge, Logan Alexander Thornton, Jaxson Chase Thornton, Brooklyn Grace Mc-Cracken and Caleb Everett McCracken; sisters, Mary Tillman and Virginia Lee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his beautiful wife, JoAnn; parents, Howell James Parker and Maybelle Parker; and sisters, a baby sister who died shortly after birth, Dollie, Hazel, Goldie, Etta Mae, Catherine (Cassie), Charity, and Mildred (Millie); and three brothers, Neal, James and Odell (Joe).