Dr. Parker, Lloyd J., Sr.

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

Dr. Lloyd J. Parker, Sr., former chairman emeritus and founder of Contract Services Incorporated died suddenly on July 26. 

Before becoming Chairman, CEO and President of Contract Services, Inc., Parker spent nearly 29 years in the United States Army.  He was stationed in Kansas, California, Vietnam, Japan, Texas, Maryland, The Netherlands, Belgium (NATO) (SHAPE), Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Korea, before finally returning to Fort Riley, Kansas.  Parker arrived in Fort Riley in the Spring of 1976 and was assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion.  Parker remained at Fort Riley until retiring with the exception of two short tours, one in Saudi Arabia and one in Korea.  He resided in the Junction City area since his retirement.  In 2002, he and his wife Anita began splitting time between Junction City, Kansas and Anthem, Arizona.  While serving in the 716th Military Police Battalion, he came up through the ranks and became an Acting Battalion Command Sergeant Major from 1982-1983.  He attained the highest enlisted serviceman level, and retired as a Sergeant Major.  During his many years of service to this country, Parker attained several significant accommodations.  He is the only enlisted man to hold the title “Community Provost Marshal.” 

An expert in Dynamics of International Terrorism and a graduate of the United States Air Force Counterterrorism- School at Hurlburt AFB, Florida. He was the Garrison Sergeant Major, Deputy Commandant/Chief of Training for the First Infantry Division’s Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Command Sergeant Major of the 716th Military Police Battalion, First Sergeant of five different companies and Noncommissioned Officer-in-charge of U.S. Special Forces Teams for a Foreign Deputy Head of State Mobile Training Team during Operations Ambidextrous

His military awards and decorations include:  The Legion of Merit, the Soldier’s Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2d Award), the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster (5th Award), the Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Parker graduated from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, Advanced/Minority Executive Program.  Mr. Parker also received a Master of Science Degree and Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Administration.  He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University Advanced Minority Executive Program.  A graduate of the statewide “Leadership Kansas” and the “Crossroads of Leadership” programs; he also participated in the Department of Defense Troops 2 Teachers program.  Parker also graduated from the very first, First Sergeants Course, Military Policeman School, Physical Security, Industrial Security School and International Terrorist School.

Parker was the recipient of many Leadership, business and civic awards including “Kansas Small Business Person of the Year” and the prestigious “Audie Murphy’s Club.” In addition, he served on the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) National Small Business Development Center Advisory Board. He was recommended for the position of Assistant Secretary of Human Resources/Administration for the Veterans Administration. Parker was a delegate to the Inaugural SBA and Corporate Council of Africa Trade Mission, an outreach envoy to the Republic of South Africa.

Parker held leadership positions in numerous civic, social, fraternal and charitable organizations. Mr. Parker was appointed to the Junction City Commission’s office in 1995.  He became Mayor of Junction City in 1998.  Parker was a State of Kansas Gubernatorial candidate in 2002.  He was a past president of the Junction City Kiwanis International Club and received the Kiwanis International Foundation “Table of Honor” and Kiwanian of the year award. He received the “Paul Harris Fellow” from Rotary International. He served in several key leadership positions: Honorary Chairman of the United Way, District Vice President of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, President of the Retired Sergeants Major and Chief’s Association, Officer for the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Chairman of the Kansas Small Business Development Commission Advisory Committee and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Junction City, Kansas. Parker served on the local bank board of directors, YMCA board, and was a member of the Governor’s Task Force. He was named to “Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals.”  Parker is a Lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars of the United States, Fourth degree Knights of Columbus Honorary Life Member, Retired Sergeant Major Association and Disabled American Veterans.

The eldest of 12 children, Parker was born in a small rural town 19 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, Louisiana in Iberville Parish named Plaquemine, Louisiana.  He was raised with a strong family tradition and a committed work ethic. He graduated from Iberville High School. He is the fifth generation armed forces veteran of his family. He is a direct descendent of “Troopers” Franklin and Ricks of the 9th Cavalry Regiment (1866-1944) “We Can, We Will.” The 9th Cavalry Regiment was constituted on July 28, 1866 and organized on September 21, 1866 at Greenville, Louisiana in Catahoula Parish.

Dr. Lloyd J. Parker, Sr. will forever remain in the hearts and minds of his family, including his loving wife of nearly 53 years, Anita Parker, whom he cherished dearly; his four children, Lloyd J. Parker, Jr. (Audrey) of Irvine, California, Desaree Parker of Anthem, Arizona, La’Vette J. Parker, Sr., of Anthem, Arizona, April Parker-Allen (Rudy) of Anthem, Arizona; along with 9 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents (George and Dorothy), his brothers (Arnold and Clarence) and his granddaughter (Avian-Aiyanna).  He was the patriarch of the Parker family.  We will miss him more than words can express.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Parish Church 2825 W Rose Canyon Circle, Anthem, Arizona.