H.R. No. 1677

WHEREAS, James Parker of Abilene was born in Roby, Texas, in 1930 as the second child of C. A. and Euna Magee Parker, who were great influences in his life and instilled in him the heartfelt need to give to others; and WHEREAS, His mother encouraged him at the age of 11 to go to work at a Sweetwater, Texas, grocery store owned by Sam Glass, where he learned how to be a stocker, sacker, and all-around handyman, not knowing that it would be his life work; and WHEREAS, He graduated from Sweetwater Newman High School in 1947 and went on to Hardin-Simmons University, where he met the love of his life, Cynthia Ann Pearson of Lamesa, Texas, in his senior year, and they were married less than one year later; and WHEREAS, Their loving children, Jimmy, Terri, Carla, and Paige, have been a constant source of joy and pride to the Parkers over the years and have blessed them with grandchildren; and WHEREAS, Mr. Parker became a business partner with his mentor, Sam Glass, and invested in Sunbeam Enterprises and Sam Glass Enterprises, doing business as Super Duper Food Store, Inc., with the first store in Sweetwater; and WHEREAS, The grocery store chain flourished and included 21 stores across the state at its height, using innovative and visionary marketing with service as a core value; and WHEREAS, The thriving partnership ended in 1974 at the death of Mr. Glass when Mr. Parker became president of the company, selling it five years later to a German-based company operating as Furr Foods; and WHEREAS, Mr. Parker has enjoyed the respect and admiration of people everywhere, especially in his hometown of Abilene, where he and his late wife Cynthia quietly benefited untold numbers of those in need through their generous support as benefactors; and WHEREAS, This godly man became the largest shareholder in the parent company of the First National Bank of Abilene and was active as a civic leader in all aspects of the Abilene community, including his service to his alma mater Hardin-Simmons University, the Hendrick Medical Foundation, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, as chairman of the Hendrick Medical Center Development Corporation, and many, many other nonprofit organizations; and WHEREAS, He and his late wife have been devoted members since 1959 of the First Baptist Church of Abilene, where he has served as a deacon and in many other capacities, and where she helped establish the GLO Day Care Center as one of the first in Abilene; she also served as a board member for Hendrick Hospice Care and the Paramount Theater and was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels, Plus of Abilene; and WHEREAS, James Parker and his family have reportedly given the largest gift in the history of Hardin-Simmons University to establish the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts in honor of his late wife, who lost her life to cancer; and WHEREAS, Because of his recent generous gift to the Hendrick Medical Center of Abilene, the James and Cynthia Parker wing of the hospital's main entrance was dedicated in special ceremonies on May 28, 2003; and WHEREAS, This good man combined his Christian faith with the highest standards of business ethics to become a true servant leader; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 78th Texas Legislature hereby commend James Parker for his many significant contributions to his fellow Texans and extend to him sincere best wishes for continued success and happiness; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Mr. Parker and his children as an expression of high regard from the Texas House of Representatives. Hunter ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 1677 was adopted by the House on May 30, 2003, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House