Dr. Jesse Parker Bogue, Jr.
Services for Jesse Parker Bogue, Jr., 89 years of age, will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 25 at First United Methodist Church located at 3501 East Elms Road, Killeen, with Senior Pastor Jeff Miller officiating. Dr. Bogue was called home by our Heavenly Father on February 15.
Parker was born September 10, 1927 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the fifth child of Jesse Parker, Sr. and Adah C. (Newhouse) Bogue.
Parker's background was composed of a long line of Methodist clergy and educators from both sides of his family. His grandfather on the maternal side served briefly as a missionary in India and South America in addition to many domestic church assignments in the Midwest. Parker's father, Dr. Jesse Parker Bogue, Sr., began his career in the ministry and later shifted to full time leadership in higher education. Dr. Bogue, Sr. directed the work of the American Association of Junior Colleges for 17 years, producing a seminal text on the subject of Community Colleges (The Community College, McGraw-Hill 1950). Dr. Bogue Sr. also served as a second lieutenant Chaplin in France during World War I.
Parker followed in his father's academic footsteps by earning a PhD in U.S. History at the University of Maryland. His doctoral field of specialty covered the period of Presidential Reconstruction within the state of North Carolina.
Parker taught American History at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas and at Pratt Junior College in Pratt, Kansas where he was also Dean of Students, and at Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas from 1973 to 1995. After retiring from Central Texas College (CTC), Parker was awarded the distinguished title of Professor Emeritus.
A longtime resident of Killeen, he was engaged in many services and organizations that enriched his adopted Texas hometown. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and was active in many aspects of church life. He was the church historian and took great pride in researching and updating the illustrious history of his beloved church. As a Stephen Minister, he brought comfort to church members and others during times of sickness and despair. The United Methodist Men's Group will miss his personal touches at their meetings. Serving the church and serving the Lord was a central part of his life. In addition, as a Gideon he enjoyed the opportunity of sharing his passion for Christ and making the word of God available to all.
Parker was a member of the NOON Exchange Club of Copperas Cove. He was very dedicated to working and having leadership roles in this organization because its purpose and goals matched many of his own beliefs in serving those in need. He served on the Board of Directors for the Sunshine Home and acted as chairman of the project committee to stop child abuse.
When Parker retired as a CTC professor he became a lifetime member of the National Education Association and Phi Alpha Theta (History), and he became an active member of the CTC Retirees Association. They will miss his opening prayer that he gave for every meeting. He was very proud of his 22 years of service at CTC and his long professional association with DR. Morton, previous President of CTC. Parker generously donated his library of history books to the college.
Parker led a long and productive life of service and giving. He lived with a heart so full of joy that it became contagious to those around him. He had a firm, but quiet, sense of duty that was ever-present in word and deed. He was generous to a fault and never expected nor wanted anything in return except that others would follow his actions and pay small acts of kindness forward.
Surviving family members include sister-in-law Helen Marquis, nieces Sherry Miles, Andy Hoover, Kristine McClung, Andrea Murray, and Kathy Ambrose, nephews Eric Hoover, Roger McClung, Thomas Murray, and Clyde Ambrose, grand niece Regan Butler, and great grand niece Toni Holland.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in honor of Parker Bogue to First United Methodist Church, 3501 E. Elms Rd., Killeen, Texas 76542.
Please visit Harper-Talasek Funeral Homes at www.harpertalasek.com, Killeen , to offer your own written thoughts and condolences.