Rodger Allen Parr went home to be with the Lord Monday morning, July 26, 2017, after a brave fight with aggressive lung cancer.
Rodger was born March 23, 1946, in Big Four, West Virginia. He was the oldest son of Melvin and Ruth Parr. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert Parr; one sister, Sharon Parr; a nephew and a great nephew, Shane Parr and Shane Parr, Jr.
He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Glenda Faye Parr; one sister, Twila Parr and children Megan, Ericka, and Ethan; one brother, Bruce Parr, wife Doris and children Laura and Christina; his stepson and dear friend, Rodney Stephens and wife Diann and grandchildren Kelby, Payton, and Drake Stephens. He also leaves other step-grandchildren and many other dear nieces and nephews—Michelle and Todd, Heidi, Robbie, Jeremy, Dave, Jacob–and friends and family, as well as his church family.
He attended Dunbar High School. After high school, he joined the Air Force and attained the rank of Airman 1st Class. During the Vietnam War he was an Aerial Recovery Specialist, participating in top secret missions to recover satellites returning from outer space in in a C-130 assault airplane. Because his missions required so much flying time over the ocean, sea survival certifications were required.
He also did special projects for MIT and CASE Institute involving weather recovering data. He was an aircraft loadmaster and traveled extensively throughout the South Pacific, South America, Alaska, and North Atlantic in Iceland.
After the Air Force, he attended West Virginia State College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1979. He attended graduate school at Morris Harley. He lived in Columbus, Ohio and Eric, Pennsylvania, to name a few.
Rodger worked in the oil industry most of his life, which is ultimately what brought him to Scott County. In addition to owning several oil wells, he worked as a free-lance consultant drilling and maintaining oil wells. He was well-respected in the oil industry by everyone, so much so that he would mentor young college students that were sent to him by colleagues and companies throughout the U.S.
Rodger was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to go hunting on his family farm in West Virginia, as well as here in Scott and Morgan Counties. He also loved working on his farm and being on the tractor with his “girls”, his cattle.
Rodger was a born-again Christian and a faithful member of Paint Rock Baptist Church. Rodger was big-hearted and giving, always giving to others without anyone knowing. He wanted God to have the glory, not him.
Rodger will be missed by many, but the message he wanted to leave was that those who are not Christians would accept Jesus as their Savior before it is too late.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. till time of funeral service at 7:00 P.M., Friday Evening June 30, 2017 in the Chapel of Four Oaks Funeral Home in Oneida with Bro. Dean Barnes and Bro. David Walker officiating. Music will be provided by the Roberts Family and David Walker. Graveside services will be conducted at the Parr Family Cemetery in Roanoke, Virginia, on Sunday Afternoon at 2:00 P.M.
Pallbearers will be Kelby, Peyton, and Drake Stephens, Robert Parr, Todd Wagoner, and Ethan Brantley. Honorary Pallbearers will be David Parr, Jeremy Parr, and Jacob Parr.
Four Oaks Funeral Home of Oneida is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Rodger Allen Parr.