Collierville Christian Church mourns the loss of an Associate Minister who lost his battle with COVID-19.
Associate Minister Morgan Parks died around 5 a.m. Thursday after suffering from COVID-19 for about a month, said Reverend Ron Buck of Collierville Christian Church.
“He was a vibrant presence,” Buck said. “He will definitely be missed.”
Parks, 61, entered hospital on August 7, days after testing positive for COVID-19, and remained in the intensive care unit until his death, Buck said.
Buck said it was not clear how Parks contracted the virus and that he did not feel comfortable giving the late associate minister vaccine status.
Parks moved from Middle Tennessee to Memphis as a child and grew up in the city, Buck said.
He received his master’s degree in divinity and was ordained in his fifties after spending decades as a businessman, Buck said.
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The late associate minister “followed” Buck to town and began his post in January 2017 at the Collierville Church where he became loved by members, Buck said.
“He was a very outgoing and human guy,” Buck said. “He always wanted to be around people, to do things and to have fun.”
Buck also pointed out that Parks loved music and that he performed for the church as well as some bands in Memphis.
“He was a really good singer, but he could also play a variety of instruments,” Buck said.
Parks was also a spiritual leader and director of the local Emmaus community, a spiritual discipline, Buck said.
The Collierville Christian Church will be holding a 5 to 7 p.m. tour on Tuesday, followed by a 7 p.m. memorial service for the parks at the church’s outdoor amphitheater, 707 N. Byhalia Road.