Collierville Christian Church family mourns death from COVID
Morgan Parks’ death followed weeks in intensive care. He is survived by his family and his dedication is remembered.
COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee – A family in the Collierville church faces the cruel costs COVID-19 continues to impose on those in the Mid-South.
Collierville Christian Church Associate Minister Morgan Parks died of complications from COVID on Thursday morning after weeks in intensive care.
“He loved life very much and we would have liked to have had him much longer,” said Collierville Christian Church senior pastor, Reverend Ron Buck.
News the church family feared came true on Thursday when Reverend Parks died of complications from COVID.
“It was very difficult for them. It made us more aware of the importance of being careful,” added Rev. Buck.
Reverend Parks and Reverend Buck had known each other for over a decade, most notably at Memphis Theological Seminary and working side by side in two churches.
“When he took the stage, whether it was helping singing, praying, or giving a sermon, you could just tell he was there,” Reverend Buck said.
Reverend Parks was also a Certified Bereavement Counselor for Collierville Christian Church, even running funeral services for families he had just met but with whom he quickly connected.
“He just had a way to invite you to speak and he listened. He was good at it,” Reverend Buck said.
But COVID has cut those talents short.
Rev. Parks’ diagnosis in early August came just days after his 61st birthday and Rev. Buck said it deteriorated quickly.
“By the end of that week he had tested positive, by the middle of the week he was in the hospital and a few days later he was in intensive care,” Reverend Buck said.
Reverend Parks is survived by six children and 11 grandchildren, the community he served and the lives he touched over the years.
“He was engaged, he was dynamic and he had a passion for life and for people and a deep commitment to the church,” said Rev. Buck.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.