William I. Parks, Jr., 80
Retired Army Colonel William Ira Parks, Jr., age 80, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away on March 31, 2018 surrounded by his family. Colonel Parks served in the US Army for 30 years and retired in Washington DC in July 1991.
He attended Mississippi State for one year as an Electrical Engineering major and graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY in 1961.
During his military career, Colonel Parks graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army War College. He served as Special Forces A Detachment Commander; Commander of 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment; Staff Officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations; Chief of the Army Section of the Joint US Military Mission for Aid to Turkey; Director of the European Directorate of the US Army Security Assistance Command.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and 2 oak leaf clusters, Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachute Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Survived by his daughter Terry Weaver of Woodbridge, VA, granddaughter Rachel Willey of Fairfax VA, and his brothers Larry and Herb Parks of Grenada MS. He was preceded in death by his parents William Ira and Zelma Snyder Parks, Grenada MS and his wife Rebecca Terry Parks of Woodbridge VA.
Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on August 22, 2018 at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.