James Stuart Parks

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Mr. James (Jimmie) Stuart Parks, 63, of Parksley, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at Anchorage Healthcare Center of Salisbury, Md. Mr. Parks was born March 12, 1956, to the late Thorburn and Llewellyn Parks of Parksley. He was a graduate of Parksley High School and James Madison University. Mr. Parks was known for his ironic musings and quick-witted sarcasm, which was often communicated through the articles he wrote for the Eastern Shore News. He was the owner of the Sandpiper Family Restaurant in Parksley and Backfins in Onancock in the 1990’s, where he pursued his passion for cooking (especially seafood). Other interests included classic movies, theater and reading any book that he encountered.

Throughout his life, Mr. Parks strived to be an advocate for others. Prior to the food industry, he worked for Social Services. Later, he became a special education teacher. He loved the many students that touched his life over the years as a special education teacher at Shepherd Pratt, Maryland School for the Blind, the Maryland Juvenile Detention Center, and, most recently, Nandua Middle School.

Mr. Parks is survived by his daughter, Brianna Taylor; sister, Jean Forsberg; niece, Ann Maria Parks; and his adored grandchildren, Alayna, Caiden, Kylo and River Taylor. At Mr. Parks’ request, a private gathering of family and friends will be held Sept. 7, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society of Salisbury, Maryland.