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In Memory

Steve Parker

Steve Parker


Stephen Jay Parker Obituary

Date of Birth:

Wednesday, April 15th, 1953

Date of Death:

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Funeral Home:

Ocker-Putman Funeral Homes
4500 Jenny Lind Road
Fort SmithArkansasUNITED STATES




Stephen Jay Parker passed away on Friday October 23, 2015 in a local hospital. He was born on April 15, 1953 in Broadstairs, England, to Shelly Malloy Parker & William J. Parker. As a child growing up in a military family, he lived in England, Morocco, Georgia, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio.


Steve’s love affair with the restaurant business began at the age of 15. He learned from the ground up, starting off as a busboy and then a waiter at the Officers Club at Wright Patterson Air Force base. His desire to learn all aspects of the business provided the foundation for his life’s work. Upon completing his business degree at Miami University (Ohio), he joined Ground Round Restaurants Inc. and managed multiple units until becoming a Regional Manager. He then joined the Chi Chi’s Mexican restaurant chain, managing several large locations. This experience led to a corporate position in New Orleans with a competitor, Cucos. Steve moved to Fort Smith where he took over the local Cucos restaurant. He and his business partner Rick Card relocated it to 74th street. In addition to Cucos (now Joe’s Grill & Cantina) Steve and Rick were partners in California Grill, Richard’s Steakhouse and 91st Street Pub. Steve also owned restaurants in Jacksonville, FL, Shreveport, LA, and Jonesboro, AR.


Steve loved to travel, play tennis and pool, read, talk politics and debate current issues. His family will remember Steve as a person with a great sense of humor, a bright, inquisitive mind, the desire to follow his own path and a wicked Liar’s Dice player.


He is survived by four siblings: Sandy Parker (Windsor Mill, MD), Michael Parker (Tupelo, MS), Carol Ledbetter (Daphne, AL) and Lisa Lovell (Denver CO).

Stephen Parker

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05/08/16 07:10 PM #1    

Barry Hall

God speed Steve to you and your family...you are in a better place now...

05/09/16 11:25 AM #2    

Kirk Minteer

Steve was a great friend and very hard working guy.  We spent many days riding our bikes to Doge Gym playing basketball together during our Junior High days. RIP my friend.

05/09/16 03:15 PM #3    

Gwenn Miller (Rose)

To the Parker family.....

       I am so sorry about Steve he was such a good person.   I remember him from school he was very sweet & kind person.  I pray for all of you & the love that you have for your brother the Lord walks with each of you.  Many prayers & much love.....Gwenn Miller Rose





05/09/16 05:50 PM #4    

Jeff Taylor

Steve may not be with us now, just moved on to another shore, Like a ship that goes out to sea, We can no longer see the ship, but it is still there and we all will follow someday. 

05/10/16 11:09 AM #5    

Denny McKenzie

So very sorry to hear about the passing Steve. What a great person he was in school.

Again very sorry to hear about his passing.

04/17/20 05:09 AM #6    

Shelley Mancuso

Steve was a very sweet guy. He and Paula B. were both from our Forest Hills neighborhood, which means we knew each other from Five Points.  I am so sorry to hear about his passing. God Bless you Steve, and your family. Michelle Mancuso

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