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Julian A. Parks

January 19, 1949 — November 27, 2020

Julian A. Parks, better known as Billy, was the son of the late Frank and Alma Parks.  He was born and raised in Alliance, Ohio, where he remained until 1976.  On March 12, 1976, he became a proud member of the United States Army, where he served as a truck driver in both Germany and the United States.  Valuing the importance of an education, it was during his tour at Fort Dix, NJ where he earned his High School Diploma from Pemberton Township H.S. in September 1977.  Julian went on to serve achieving the rank of Specialist until his Honorable Discharge on June 14, 1979.

Julian then moved to Philadelphia, PA, where he met and married his soul mate and the love of his life, Veronica Parks (Leftenant), affectionately known as Nick.  They were married on October 8, 1977.  As they started their new life together, Julian with his tremendous work ethic and newly acquired skills from the military found work to provide for his family.  Most notably in his career was his time as a laborer, working for Merit Metal and transitioning to Tyco International where he retired in 2014.

Julian’s wit, engaging personality and interest in the events of the day earned him a couple of nicknames from those who knew him.  “Big Bill” and “Mr. President” to name a few.  Always good with math, Big Bill was bestowed upon him for his tenacity for trying his hand with “Lady Luck.”  Some simply called him a professional gambler as evidenced by his VIP status at his favorite casino where he frequently enjoyed the accompanying perks and gifts.  Resulting in him giving away many of those gifts to family and friends.  The title Mr. President was a result of him always staying in the know and having an opinion on local and global events.  Mr. President was most fitting, as Billy was actively involved in Philly’s local politics.  Starting with him being voted in as Block Captain and going on to become a precinct Committeeman for Philadelphia’s 28th Ward. Helping the campaigns and elections of several city officials, most notably was Philadelphia’s former Mayor Honorable W. Wilson Goode (1984-1992). Julian loved to travel by road with his wife, and did so frequently.  He constantly amazed family and friends with his ability to remember directions and addresses.  His memory was his GPS.

Proceeding him in death are his wife of 37 years, Veronica “Nick” Parks, and siblings Frank Parks II, Charles “CJ” Everett III, and Nettie Mae Johnson.

Julian is survived by son Adontis Atkins, Sr. and daughter-in-law Dianna Atkins; daughter Tammy Anderson; two sisters Shirley Ruth Ware and Susie Mae Rice, three sisters-in law Saundra Williams, Artesia Gilliam, and Evelyn Hawkins; three brothers-in-law, Freddy Rice, Charles Leftenant, Larry Gilliam, and Lonzia Hawkins Jr.; 10 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends who have fond memories.

Friend may call on December 5th from 1:30-3:15 p.m. at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home.

A private family service will be held.

Arrangements are entrusted to Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home 75 South Union Ave Alliance, Ohio 44601.

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