After a 24-hour delay, the procession honoring Robert “Spider” Parks, a Huntsville veteran, has finally arrived at Berryhill Funeral Home.
He was a former green beret with a bronze star and a purple heart. After falling and hitting his head, Parks passed away in Southeast Asia. According to John Nolan, a fellow veteran who knew Parks well, “he was in the Philippines getting ready to launch into Laos to try and still find and recover remains of American soldiers airmen, marines who were lost in that conflict whose bodies were never recovered.” Parks served in the U.S. Army for 30 years before transitioning to the Special Forces as a member of their Recon team and part of several classified missions in Vietnam. Rodney Pennywell said of Parks that he inspired people to give their all to themselves and others without expecting praise. Whether he was working alone or with few and insufficient resources, “there was no mission that you could think of that he could not figure out a way to solve the mission.