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Madison Memorial Cemetery


Dorothy Parks was born July 5, 1939 to the late Eddie Louis Parks Sr. and Mary Parks.  She departed this life to be with the Lord on May 13, 2017. She was the first of five children. She was devoted to her family, inspiring them all.  Dorothy accepted Christ at an early age at Clarks Chapel Baptist Church, where she was a faithful and active member. She also served as the church clerk for several years.


She graduated from Pearl High School in 1958. After high school she worked as an apprentice with her mother Mary Parks at Parks Beauty Shop. In 1961 she enrolled and graduated from Apex Beauty College in Atlanta after two years of study becoming a State of Georgia Licensed Beautician. She worked in Atlanta for a year as a beautician and later decided to return home to Madison to work side by side with her mother at Parks Beauty Shop. While working at Parks Beauty Shop she received many awards for her craft. She received awards from Dudley University for Cosmetology in North Carolina, Bonner Brothers Beauty in Atlanta and one for being Avon Salesperson of the Year. She was so good at her craft that she began to provide apprenticeships for others who wanted to enter into the field of Cosmetology. She worked a total of 50 years doing something that she loved until her health started to decline. She loved her customers and treated them as friends.


Dorothy was a traveler. She married J. C. Binion in 1961 and they remained friends until he preceded her in death.


She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted mother Mary Parks; two brothers Eddie (Lois) Parks, James (Leanne) Parks; two sisters Mary Ella Jackson and Evelyn (Johnny) Peters; one uncle Rufus Johnekins and one aunt Susie Mae Gibbs; two nephews Cameron Jackson and Brandon Parks; six nieces Carmen Parks, Chandra Dowdell, Targie (Mario) Folds, Chiquita Parks, Kiara Parks, and Ceondra Jackson; great nieces Jaila, Naydia, Kaitlyn; great nephews Aleric Addonis, Jamal, Jamal, Javez, Trenton, Tristen, CJ, Camarion, Zanarious, Caleb, Emory, Devin, Camden and a host of relations and friends.


Funeral service was held Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at Clarks Chapel Baptist Church, with Pastor Cecil Champion presiding. Interment was in Madison Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Boswell, Garrett Dowdell, Mario Folds, Alvin Johnekins, Travis Peters and A’maury Rakestraw.


Flower girls were Tommie Brown, Cathy Campbell, Olivia Laborn, Audrey Champion, Ann Franklin, Willie Ann Johnson and Felicia Smith.


Jones and Turner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

From: The Morgan County Citizen May 25, 2017

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