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Obituary-James Brandon “Bugs” Parks

James Brandon "Bugs" Parks, departed this earthly life and stepped into the arms of Jesus on January 6, 2024, after a long illness.

He was born on October 11, 1957, in Louisville, KY, to Roscoe and Lillian (Littles) Parks. Growing up in a military family, James spent part of his childhood in Germany, only to return to Germany while serving in the Army. James never met a stranger, frequently giving food, clothing, and sometimes even shelter to those in need. He was a friendly man; always available with a ready smile and a listening ear.

James enjoyed wearing hats, singing, playing cards, dominoes, traveling, and most of all, spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, in Sterling. He loved dogs, always having a family pet. Many are unaware, but James was an avid supporter of St. Jude’s Research Hospital. He was a proud member of the Local American Legion. James met the love of his life, Linda, in 1981, and together they embarked on a 43-year friendship, turned relationship, and ultimately, marriage.  

James leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Linda (LeBlanc) Parks; his loving children, Demetraus White, Twynette Boyd, James, Justin, and Diamond Robinson. Also left to mourn his passing are 10 grandchildren, Dorothy, Tarijia, Tra’Neasha, Damita, Destini, Elijah, Noah, Chloe, Ezekiel, and Zionn; siblings, Brenda (Greg) Sutton, Lance Rush, Dorothea Parks, and a host of nieces, nephews, and both brothers and sisters-in-law.  

James was predeceased by his parents, Roscoe and Lillian Parks; siblings, Larry Rush and Wanda Dickerson; and one nephew, Stephen Edwards.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2024, at Second Baptist Church, in Dixon, with Rev. Shumpert, of Macedonia Baptist Church, in Sterling, officiating, and Rev. Sorrells, of Second Baptist Church, in Dixon, co-officiating. The Repass will be at the VFW Post 540, 1560 IL-38, Dixon, IL. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be directed to Rock River Hospice and Home, in Sterling.

Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, in Dixon.

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