YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Mr. Raynard Parks, Jr. departed this life on Thursday, March 9, 2023. 

He was born August 5, 1970 in Youngstown, Ohio the son of Raynard, Sr. and Melanie Williams Parks. 

Raynard was a graduate of South High School.

He had been employed by Sears & Roebucks as an appliance technician early in his employment and was also employed for East Manufacturing as a welder. 

He enjoyed skating in his spare time and was a skilled marksman at the gun range. He was funny yet very serious when it was called for. He never bit his tongue for anything or anyone.  He was a dancer in his teenage years, his group was called Sweet Sensations. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. If you were blessed enough to know him, he would share his heart. 

He leaves to mourn his passing and his legacy, his mother, Melanie Forest; sisters, Mia Parks, Jadah Parks and Quneitra (Eric) Jones; four nieces, Ciera Forest, Cire Jones Kiara Jones and Quintasia Hines; five great-nieces, Camyrn Penney, Cassidy Penny, Kai Vanderhost and Helena Jones and one nephew, Eric Jones, Jr. 

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wren Williams; Raynard Parks, Sr.; grandmother, Doris Brooks and stepfather, Clement Forest.

Memorial Service will be 1:30 -2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home. Guests are asked to wear masks. 

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A television tribute will air Tuesday, April 5 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.