Rev. Ulysess Parks
Rev. Ulysess Parks
Rev. Ulysess Parks, 69, of 934 Taggart Street, husband of Ethel Louise Wright Parks, passed away on May 4, 2014 at his home. He was born in Greenwood County January 13, 1945, a son of the late Issac Evans and Nannie Pearl Morgan Parks. He was reared in the home of his grandparents Ernest and Lola Parks.
Rev. Parks was educated in the Greenwood County School System. He first attended The Old One Room School near Springfield Baptist Church, after which time he enrolled in East End School. He was a graduate of Brewer High School Class of 1963.
Rev. Parks was married to Ethel Louise Wright Parks, and they were married 46 years.
Rev. Parks was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1967.
Rev. Parks also worked for Greenwood Mills for many years, after which time he became an Insurance Agent for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Rev. Parks continued his education by attending Piedmont Technical College and Lander College.
Rev. Parks was licensed to preach on September 5, 1963 and preached his first sermon at the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. His second sermon was preached the following week at the St. Paul F.B.H. Church of God, where he was given a license to begin the process of the study and preparation for the Ministry.
He continued his education in his Ministerial calling by attending Morris College of Religion and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.
He was assigned to Pastor at numerous churches during his Ministry, his last Pastorship being Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, at which he pastored for 23 years. Rev. Parks was Past Moderator for Little River Union No. 2 from 1996 until 2002 and Past Vice Moderator for the Baptist Association and was presently a member of Multicultural Center Board of Trustees
He retired from the Ministry in 2013.
Rev. Parks was preceded in death by three brothers, Rev. Willie Evans, Robert Parks and Calvin Parks.
Rev. Parks is survived by his wife of the home; two sons, Ulysess Parks, Jr. of the home and Angelo Parks of Virginia Beach, Virginia; one daughter, Jacklen “Jackie” Jenay Parks (Greer) of Greenwood; one sister, Cleo Robinson of Greenwood; one aunt, Josephine Parks of Greenwood; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 9, 2014 at Noon at the Little River Missionary Baptist Association Multicultural Complex, with Rev. John Aiken Sr. officiating, assisted by Rev. Joseph Caldwell presiding.
Burial will be in Evening Star Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Deacon and Trustees of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.
Flower bearers will be friends of the family.
Honorary escort will be Ministers’ Wives of Little River Missionary Baptist Association
Rev. Parks will be placed in the Multicultural Complex at 11 a.m.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Public viewing will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday
The family will receive friends at the home.
Percival Tompkins Funeral Home is honored to serve the Parks family.