Rodger Allen Parr, 71, of Oneida, passed away July 26, 2017, after a brave fight with aggressive lung cancer.
Born in Big Four, West Virginia, March 23, 1946, he was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Ruth Parr; brother, Robert Parr; sister, Sharon Parr; and nephew and great-nephew, Shane Parr and Shane Parr, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Glenda Faye Parr; sister, Twila Parr; brother, Bruce (Doris) Parr; step-son and friend, Rodney (Diann) Stephens; step-grandchildren: Kelby, Payton, and Drake Stephens, and many other step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews: Megan, Ericka, Ethan, Laura, Christina, Michelle and Todd, Heidi, Robbie, Jeremy, Dave, and Jacob; church family, and many other relatives and friends.
He attended Dunbar High School, after which he joined the Air Force and attained the rank of Airman 1st Class. During the Vietnam War he was an Aerial Recovery Specialist, participating in top secret missions to recover satellites returning from outer space. Because his missions required so much flying time over the ocean, sea survival certifications were required. He also did special projects for MIT and CASE Institute involving weather recovering data. He was an aircraft loadmaster and traveled extensively throughout the South Pacific, South America, Alaska, and North Atlantic in Iceland. He graduated West Virginia State College with a BA degree in petroleum engineering in 1979; followed by graduate school at Morris Harley. He worked in the oil industry most of his life, which is ultimately what brought him to Scott County. In addition to owning several oil wells, he worked as a free-lance consultant drilling and maintaining oil wells. He served as a mentor to young college students that were sent to him by colleagues and companies throughout the United States. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he loved to hunt on his family farm in West Virginia, as well as Scott and Morgan counties. He also loved working on his farm and being on the tractor with his cattle. He was a born-again Christian, a faithful member of Paint Rock Baptist Church, and was big-hearted and giving to others without anyone knowing. He wanted God to have the glory, not him.
Funeral service was conducted June 30, in the chapel of Four Oaks Funeral Home-Oneida with Bro. Dean Barnes and Bro. David Walker officiating. Music was provided by the Roberts Family and David Walker. Graveside service was conducted July 2, at Parr Family Cemetery in Roanoke, Va.
Arrangements by Four Oaks Funeral Home-Oneida.