Ronald “Ron” Gene Parks, 81, of Ermine, died June 18 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.
He was the son of the late Ralph and Opal Parks, and along with his wife, Sue Parks, was the owner of Messenger Florist at Ermine. The florist opened under different ownership in April 1949 in East Whitesburg, moving to Ermine several years ago after fire swept the building it was in.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a stepson, Bobby Dan Blair of Bowling Green; two daughters, Pamela Jean Ozluk of Colorado, and Cynthia Leigh Butcher of Florida; and three stepdaughters, Teresa Ann Abdoo and Maguana Sue Qualls, both of Carrolton, and Medina Kriss Blair of Ermine.
Funeral services for Mr. Parks were held June 21 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Mountain Memory Gardens Cemetery at Hindman.