Roby- Parker Barron Wetsel, 95, passed away February 14, 2019. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the Roby First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Burial will be in Roby Cemetery, directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Born February 5, 1924, in Fisher County, Parker was the son of the late Joe Barron and Oscar Mae (Parker) Wetsel. He graduated high school in 1942 and attended Texas A&M at College Station in the summer and fall of 1942. In December of 1942, Parker volunteered in the U.S. Army. On January 6, 1943, he along with a few of his friends loaded a bus at the Texaco Station in Roby and headed to Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells. Parker served our county proudly during WWII. He was an active part of the 487th AAA Battalion, Battery D.
Parker married the love of his life Billie Lois Haggard on January 5, 1947, in Sweetwater. He worked for Midwest Electric (Big County) from 1951 until retiring as General Manager in 1989. Parker enjoyed working with his horses and cattle, coaching Little League and Pony League. He was a member of the Roby Lions Club, the VFW, American Legion. Parker was a very active member of the Methodist Church in Roby.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Barron Wetsel; and one sister, Billie Marie Jones.
Survivors include his loving wife of 72 years, Billie Lois Wetsel; one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca “Becky” McReynolds (Robert); one sister, Kathleen Williams; five grandkids, Dusty Hickman (Darcy), Dawn Wells (Chuck), Casey Wetsel (Shandra), Sammi Nelson (Aaron) and Bailey Farr (Michael); twelve great-grandkids, Caleb, Seth Parker, Kayden, Katie, Jaycee, Riley, Ellie, Avery, Jackson Parker, Kelby, Brooklyn and Marley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Beth MartinRotan, TX
Our heart felt condolences go out to Billie Lois,Becky and family. Parker was a good man by all accounts.
Jerry NevesOdessa, TX
We are so sorry to hear that your dad has passed away.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Mopp & Jim
Aurora & Jim NowlinRotan, TX
What an honor it was to know such a kind and caring man. Parker hired me in 1987. I still remember coming over to Roby and sitting in his office. Even after all these years, he would still hug me and offer kind words. I was so lucky to have been influenced by his integrity. What a blessing he was to so many. God bless you Parker and Billie Lois. Prayers to the rest of the family too.
Linda KeySnyder, TX
Thoughts and Prayers go out to Billie and all of Parker’s family!
Torrey WetselSweetwater, TX