Rodney was born on December 20, 1957 in Lubbock, Texas to the late Eldred Lee Parker and Joycie Eloise Jane (Hagins) Parker. He was a graduate of Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas, Class of 1976. Rodney was employed as a lifelong dedicated High School Band Director and educator working in schools throughout Texas including Hale Center High School, Levelland High School and Elgin High School. He was a caring, loving and truly devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to so many. He will be forever remembered for his true one of a kind personality that was filled with laughter, generosity and above all, love for his family. He was passionate about his music, family, friends, his faithful companion “DJ”, baseball, football, all genres of comedy, educating and caring for his students, mentoring his colleagues in the band world and dad jokes. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Rodney married Sandra Lee Staton on July 30th, 1994 in Red Oak, Texas.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three daughters Amanda Galbincea and her husband John of Katy, Texas, Erin Parker-Atkins and her husband Brad of Wylie, Texas, and Taylor Parker of Manor, Texas; grandchildren, Shelby, Atticus, Ellie and Andrew; brother, Wayne Parker and his wife Paula of Gainesville, Texas; sisters Karen Bitzer and her husband Jay of Garland, Texas, Karla Bryant and her husband Joe of McKinney, Texas; as well as many extended family members and close friends.
Rodney was preceded in death by one grandchild Eli Galbincea.
The family received friends for visitation from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. at Cook Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home. A Celebration of Rodney’s Life was conducted at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North Interstate 35, Pflugerville, Texas 78660. Nephew Josh Parker officiated.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Memorial Contributions made in Rodney’s name to Austin Pets Alive!